Going to State!

You’re thinking sports, right?  It may be because you heard about our award-winning athletic program at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School, but did you know that our students also successfully participate in academic competitions?

Two of our awesome 7th grade students recently qualified for competitions at the state level -- Alex C. for MATHCOUNTS and Jude W. for the National Geographic Geography Bee.  

Alex C. and Jude W.


MATHCOUNTS is a national math enrichment, coaching, and competition program for middle school students.

Alex qualified for state based on his strong results from the regional competition held at Augusta University.   He was invited to compete at the state level with other Georgia middle-school students at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Alex arrived at Georgia Tech ready for competition.  All students first competed in two timed rounds.  At the end of the second round, the top ten students were invited to participate in the countdown round.  Although Alex was not in the top ten, Mrs. Donna Skidmore, Junior High math teacher, said that he did a great job and represented St. Mary’s well.  

What did Alex like best about the competition?  He liked that the event was held at Georgia Tech and it was very organized.  Alex also told me that the day went by very quickly.  He must have been having fun!

Alex is definitely looking forward to next year.  He has his sights set on a spot in the top ten.


Jude was one of the top 100 students in grades 4 through 8 to qualify at the state level for the Geography Bee recently held at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia.  I am hoping that no one had trouble finding the Geography Bee.  

Being in the top 100 in your state is quite impressive. Think about it:  National Geographic reports that millions of students from thousands of schools in the United States participate in school-level geography bees.  The competition is then narrowed down to the top 100 students in each state who advance to their state’s competition.  

What did Jude like best about the competition?  He liked the challenge of the competition.  Jude also liked that he learned some new things.  Did you know there are tree kangaroos? 

As the year wraps up and eyes start to look towards summer, we can reflect on another successful year for academic competitions.  St. Mary’s upcoming Academic Awards Ceremony may be a long one.


For more information about MATHCOUNTS and the National Geographic Geography Bee, please visit and