High Schools Compete for Top Honors at This Year’s Academic Challenge

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — 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 representing the School District at the 34th Annual Commissioners Academic Challenge scheduled for April 11-13, 2019, at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. Lincoln Park Academy, coached by Paige McMahon, won first place in this year’s local competition.


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


Teams from across Florida gather for this state-wide tournament in which challenging questions are 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 are competing for their team’s top score as well as their individual score which could land them on Florida’s team for the national competition.


About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.



St. Lucie Public School Academic Team: (Left to Right) Ryan Lu, Matthew Zoll, Alan Senkus, Callie Zheng, Madeleine Sosa, Maria Battaglino Hernandez, and Team Coach Paige McMahon


Author: Lydia Martin

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