A grammar competition for most may sound about as exciting as watching grass grow, but for two dozen students, the payoff was some nice prizes and scholarships. The 2nd Annual Arizona Grammar Bowl, also known as EGUMPP (Electronic Grammar Usage Proficiency Program) was held on April 14 at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Of the 24 finalists, two were homeschoolers. Alissa Roat from Tucson ranked 24th and Eleanor Jimenez of Phoenix claimed the number 8 spot. The Grand Prize went to Anna Zeng of Oro Valley, Arizona.
Over 500 students from public, private and homeschools around Arizona entered the preliminary round of the contest. Each was given a series of 20 grammar lessons to study prior to taking a computerized exam. All students scoring 90 percent or better moved to the Regionals. The top 90 scorers, of whom 11 were homeschooled, moved to the semi-finals, also an electronic test, but conducted in a group setting. Finals were done orally with a variety of questions on sentence structure, parts of speech and functions of words in sentences.