Commissioner’s Academic Challenge

In a competitive academic competition, local high school teams competed for top honors and individual team members vied for a seat on the prestigious Team St. Lucie – an elite six-member team that represented St. Lucie Public Schools at the 34th Annual Commissioner’s Academic Challenge.

Maria Battaglino Hernandez, Madeleine Sosa, Callie Zheng (Lincoln Park Academy); Ryan Lu (Treasure Coast High School); Alan Senkus (St. Lucie West Centennial); and Matthew Zoll (Fort Pierce Westwood) accumulated an impressive number of individual points in this year’s local tournament to secure a seat on Team St. Lucie.  SLPS teacher Paige McMahon served as coach for the team, preparing the students for the State Competition.

The state competition took place April 11-13, 2019 at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, and Team St. Lucie advanced to the Division 2 Finals and ended up finishing 5th in the state!

Teams from across Florida gathered for this state-wide tournament in which challenging questions were posed to players in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish), physical education, health, and technology. As with the local competition, players competed for their team’s top score as well as their individual score in hopes of being selected as a member of Florida’s team for the national competition.  The questions were written by educators from high schools throughout the state.