16 SPS Students Advance to State Literary Rally

New SPS logo_crestSt. Paul’s had 57 students participate in the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally last month, with 32 placing in the top five of their category and 16 students qualifying to advance to the State Rally.

The students that advance to the 2014 State Literary Rally include Max Gold in Advanced Math, Aaron Nguyen in Advanced Math, Rory O’Meallie in Algebra I, Ryan Meraux in Algebra II, Leland Van Deventer in Biology I, George Cazenavette in Calculus, Ryan Keller in Chemistry, Jeff Champ in English II, Samuel Giberga in English III, Philip James in Environmental Science, Jacob Broussard in Journalism I, Jeffrey Tepper in Physical Science, Max Morvant in Physics, Patrick Connolly in Spanish III, Jack Nunez in World Geography, and Heath Rushing in World History.

Students in eighth through twelfth grades, from both public and private institutions, were eligible to compete in one of ten District Rallies across the state. Each District Rally offers 44 literary events and a varying amount of open events. The types of literary events that the students participated in included Business, English, Journalism, Spanish, all types of Mathematics, Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, US History, Civics, Sociology, Psychology, World Geography, and World History.

There were rules of eligibility for the students that competed in literary events included:

  1. Students cannot test in more than one District Literary Rally event.
  2. Students must be currently enrolled – or have been enrolled – in a course during the current school year to be eligible to participate in District and State Rally competition.
  3. Students repeating a course for a higher grade may not participate. However, students repeating a course due to failure are eligible to participate.
  4. Students may not be “native” or “primary” speakers of a foreign language if they wish to compete in a foreign language event.
  5. Not have represented a school more than once in the same event.
  6. Students should not seek advantage by competing in events for which advanced credit has been earned like competing in Physical Science after having earned credit in Chemistry.

St. Paul’s was well represented in the 2014 District Rally held at Southeastern University in Hammond. For a complete list of the results, click here.

Southeastern was proud to host the event again this year and has a long-standing relationship with the Rally Association.

“We believe that recognizing the accomplishments of our high school students is an integral part of promoting the quality education in our state,” wrote John Crain, President of Southeastern University, in a letter to participants.

The St. Paul’s participants who qualified for the Louisiana State Literary Rally will compete on April 5, 2014, in Baton Rouge on the campus of Louisiana State University.

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