Commissioner’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 St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) at the 34th Annual Commissioner’s Academic Challenge. This state competition took place April 11-13, 2019 at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn where the St. Lucie Team advanced to the Division 2 Finals and ended up finishing 5th in the state!

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 and represented St. Lucie Public Schools at the state event.  SLPS teacher Paige McMahon served as coach for the team, preparing the students for the State Competition.

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 with hopes of making Florida’s team for the national competition.  The questions were written by educators from high schools throughout the state.

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




Author: Lydia Martin

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