ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL –  Do you have a keen sense of philosophy and humanities, knowledge of advanced mathematics and scientific theory, and a broad background in history? If so, you may stand a chance against this year’s Academic Challenge Team.  On Friday, January 19, local high school teams will compete for the overall St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) championship and a seat on this year’s six-member team representing SLPS at the State-level Commissioner’s Academic Challenge in the spring. 
The first round of competition will begin at 8 AM in the auditorium of St. Lucie West Centennial High School and admission is free.  While teams will vie for points to secure first, second, and third place bragging rights in the county, individuals will hit the buzzer for a chance to answer with hopes of capturing one of the six coveted Team St. Lucie seats.  At the end of the competition, judges representing all schools in the District review individual scores to select a State team that represents high scoring competitors with strong skill sets from the various academic topics such as humanities, foreign language, and mathematics.  This is the team that will represent the District at State.
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent expressed his appreciation for the dedication to excellence modeled by SLPS’s academic teams.  “I look forward to this annual competition.  Team members are to be commended for their academic skills and spirit of collaboration.”


About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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. For more information, visit