NSF has a press release out on the upcoming North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad. UMBC is hosting a site for the first rouund, which will take place on February 4. You can still sign up by February 3 is space is available.
“Early next month, high school students from across the United States and Canada will begin the first rounds of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO). Although the competition aims to identify students to represent the United States at the 2009 International Linguistics Olympiad, it is also a chance for young people to explore their interests in linguistics, math or computer science and pick up some useful new skills.”
NSF has produced a nice video for NACLO that explains computational linguistics, NACLO and their relevance today.