Well, there's this cabbage patch where they grow the trophies . . . and a stork delivering bundles of belts . . .
Okay, not really. But had you going there for a minute, right?!
Anyone can, and is encouraged to, compete in the tournaments. To compete for points, which determine the State Championships, you must be a Leadership student.
The number of points you earn depends on your final placement in the ring (1st, 2nd or 3rd) and how many competitors were in your ring. Basically, the one who finishes the tournament year with the most points in each division is the State Champion, earning a certificate, the right to wear a special State Champion uniform, and bragging rights.
You can learn a lot more about the program at the ATA Tournaments section of their site.