ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Do you have a keen sense of philosophy and humanities, knowledge of advanced mathematics and scientific theory, and a broad background in literature? If so, you may stand a chance against this year’s Academic Challenge Team. On Saturday, January 28, local high school teams competed for the overall St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) championship and placement on the six-member team moving to the State-level Commissioner’s Academic Challenge in April.
This year’s District championship title goes to Treasure Coast High School. Team members (Camilo Tamayo, Bailey Magers, Dominick Kehoe, Arthur Waddell, Macy Nielander, and Famyrah Lafortune) were well versed in the variety of academic questions posed in the two-round event held at St. Lucie West Centennial High School. Their coach, Steve Maxwell, will serve as the District Team Coach responsible for Dominick Kehoe (Treasure Coast), Camilo Tamayo (Treasure Coast), Jaeger Johnson (St. Lucie West Centennial), Quinn Tucker (Fort Pierce Central), Callie Zheng (Lincoln Park), Abilgal Wells (Port St. Lucie), and alternate team member Andrew Priest (Lincoln Park) who were selected based upon their individual scores to represent SLPS at the state competition.
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent expressed his appreciation for the dedication to excellence modeled by SLPS’s academic team. “Team members are to be commended for their academic skills and spirit of collaboration.”