St. Paul’s sent 62 students to compete in Division II of the District Literary Rally at Southeastern Louisiana University in 31 different subjects on March 5, 2016. After the scores have been tallied, 17 SPS students qualified to compete in the Louisiana State Literary Rally to be held at LSU on April 16. Thirteen of these students even had the added prestige of earning first place in their particular subject in all divisions at the District Rally, resulting in them each receiving a partial merit-based scholarship to Southeastern.
“We’ve historically sent strong groups,” said Assistant Principal Joe Dickens, “but this year we’ve exceeded our number of state qualifiers from last year, which in itself was a school record. This just shows how well St. Paul’s school performs in our division and in the whole competition, as well.”
Representing SPS at the state rally will be Shane Strander in Advanced Math with Functions and Statistics, Lloyd Guillot in Advanced Math with Pre-Calculus, Adam Smith in Algebra I, Andrew Nolin in Algebra II, Kyle Hladky in American History, Andrew Smith in Biology I, Alex Oliveri in Biology II, Jacob Broussard in Calculus, Julian Saliba in Chemistry, Forge Mathes in English II, John Cresson in Civics, Dustin Simoneaux in Computer Science, Jonathan Berttucci in Geometry, Luc Herbert in Journalism I, Joshua Devein in Physical Science, Luke Avenel in Physics, and Ian Varney in Principles of Business.
“The best part about (participating in the Literary Rally) is the opportunity to exemplify the academic excellence found at St. Paul’s School compared to other schools in the region,” said State Rally qualifier Luc Hebert. “I’m also looking forward being able to meet a plethora of other students from around the state who share similar academic skills.”
In comparison with other schools from St. Tammany Parish across all divisions, Archbishop Hannan and Mandeville High are each sending 19 students to state; Fontainebleu High is sending 16; Slidell High is sending 13; Christ Episcopal, Lakeshore, and Northshore High are each sending 11; Pope John Paul is sending nine; Northlake Christian is sending eight, St. Scholastica Academy is sending six; and Salmen High is sending five.
Students across the district compete in a total of five divisions, separated by total school population. St. Paul’s students compete in Division II, which includes students from Tangipahoa, Washington, St. Tammany, Livingston, and East Baton Rouge Parishes with student populations between 500 – 1,000.