(COVINGTON, La.) — St. Paul’s is known for showing brawn in their sports, but students have shown their brains are just as strong as their muscles during the recent district Literary Rally held at Southeastern University, as they were tested on many subjects against schools from across the district. District competition has come to a close, and 19 Academic Wolves (70 percent of those participating) move on to the state competition.
“It’s a nice opportunity for us to showcase our bright students,” Principal Trevor Watkins said.
St. Paul’s competed against northshore area schools, as well as schools from as far as St. Francisville and Pearl River.
Watkins doesn’t fear the upcoming state competition.
“We always do very favorably against our competition,” Watkins said.
St. Paul’s competes in Division II, which includes schools with an enrollment of 501-1000 students. District competition in Division II included local schools St. Scholastica Academy, Lakeshore High, and Salmen High, as well as schools like Parkview Baptist and LSU Lab School in Baton Rouge.
The literary competition is not just limited to high schools. Elementary schools like the SELU Lab School and Holy Ghost Catholic School are also in the rally, but do not compete against the high schools.
At the competition, students are chosen from each school to be tested on a particular academic subject, ranging from standard courses like English and Algebra to electives like Accounting and Health. Each student can only compete in one subject.
As for the next step in the competition, Watkins knows it will be a big step for the Wolves, noting, “That’s where the best compete against the best.” With SELU’s District Literary Rally now over, the Academic Wolves now look to the State Rally at Louisiana State University.
Although St. Paul’s doesn’t compete in the same academic division as all local parish schools, SPS had the highest percentage of participants qualifying to move on the state level of the competition, with 70 percent of competitors advancing to state.
“I’m not surprised,” Watkins said. “I’m very proud of how our students have placed compared to other schools.”
The only local school with more total state qualifiers was Mandeville High with 23 qualifiers, compared to SPS’s 19. However, Mandeville competes in a different division and offers electives that St. Paul’s does not, allowing them to send more participants (38 total, compared to SPS’s 27).
Students in each divisions will compete at the state level on April 25, 2015, at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.