The state Literary Rally competition was held in April at Louisiana State University. Sixteen St. Paul’s students qualified at the District Rally and traveled to Baton Rouge in order to compete against the state’s other top competitors in many subjects, with many SPS students returning with honors in the individual competitions in Division II and one major award almost being lost due to an error by rally officials.
“We’re always exceptionally proud to have students place at Literary Rally,” noted teacher and SPS Curriculum Coordinator Joe Dickens.
According to Dickens, however, in all of the madness of scoring every participant’s tests, the Louisiana High School Rally Association accidentally lost the test taken by sophomore Leland Van Deventer. Due to persistence on the part of Dickens, the test was later found, and Van Deventer ended up placing first overall in Biology I.
A total of 16 SPS students placed at the district rally, held at Southeastern University in Hammond in February, and advanced to the state competition. These students included 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.
Of the SPS delegates, 10 students that advanced to the state rally placed this year in Division II. These students include George Cazenavette-1st Overall in Calculus, Ryan Keller-2nd in Chemistry, Ryan Meraux-2nd in Algebra II, Aaron Nguyen-4th in Advanced Math Pre Calculus, Maxwell Gold-2nd in Functions and Statistics, Matthew Baldone-4th in Functions and Statistics, Jeffrey Champ-3rd in English II, Patrick Connoly-3rd in Spanish III, Heath Rushing-1st in World History, and Leland Van Deventer-1st Overall in Biology I.
According to the Louisiana High School Rally Association, the association is “a voluntary, non-profit, educational association of middle and junior units of school, home schools, and senior high schools that are recognized by the State Department of Louisiana and the colleges and universities that coordinate the district and state competitions each year.”
For a complete list of the state literary rally results, click here.