'Tis the Season

for academic competitions…

St. Mary’s is a vibrant school in the classroom, in sports events, and on college campuses. This past Saturday was no exception.

Ten members of St. Mary’s Academic Team competed in the PAGE Academic Bowl state competition at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. At the same time five St. Mary’s teams—15 students in all--participated in the regional Future City Competition at the University of South Carolina-Aiken (USC-Aiken).

So, how did they do?  

After winning 1st place in their region two weeks ago, St. Mary’s Academic Team won 1st place in their division at the state competition. The team then advanced to the finals and earned 5th place overall in the state! This year’s PAGE Academic Bowl began with more than 130 teams in Georgia and 24 teams advanced to the state competition.

After placing in the top five at our St. Mary’s Future City Competition school event, each team earned a spot at the regional competition. In addition to two Honorable Mentions, our teams placed 1st, 4th, and 5th and also brought home the Best Essay, Best Model, Best Energy System, and Best Distribution of Power Awards.

St. Mary’s 1st place team was named the regional champion! Each team member was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to USC-Aiken, a book bag, a little spending money, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to represent the region in the national competition in February 2017.

I talked with Mr. John Allen, Junior High science teacher, about the national competition. He is beyond thrilled about this wonderful opportunity for our students. Mr. Allen told me that he expects our team to bring home the trophy. He then said, “We’ll be there anyway, why not?”

We are proud of all of our students and wish our Future City Competition regional champions good luck at the national competition. Go Saints!