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Academic Games Off to a Strong Start

(Pictured, l-r): Aiden Buuck (grade 4), Arabi Elementary School; Grace Dewey (grade 4), Lacoste Elementary School; Autumn Higgenbotham (grade 4); Lacoste Elementary School; Tyler Nata (grade 4), Arabi Elementary School; Brayen Nation (grade 4), Arabi Elementary School; and Deylah Pritchard (grade 4), J. Davies Elementary School.

Photos Courtesy of St. Bernard Parish Public School System

Contributed by St. Bernard Parish Public School System

Just as athletes are rewarded for their achievements on the field, Academic Games recognizes outstanding academic excellence. Recently, St. Bernard Parish Public School students convened at the Maumus Center in Old Arabi to compete in On-Sets, a math game based on Set Theory where each level of competition introduces increasingly more difficult mathematical concepts for the players.

When the scores were tallied, those with perfect scores for the three rounds of play were recognized and honored. This year’s winners of the On-Sets tournament include:

Elementary Division:

• Ella Schroeder, grade 5, J. Davies Elementary School

• Preston Senez, grade 5, J. Davies Elementary School

• Bryce Watson, grade 5, J. Davies Elementary School

Middle Division:

• Connor Dewey, grade 7, Andrew Jackson Middle School

• Maya Dufrene, grade 8, N. P. Trist Middle School

• Christian Miller, grade 8, N. P. Trist Middle School

Learners Division:

• Aiden Buuck, grade 4, Arabi Elementary School

• Grace Dewey, grade 4, Lacoste Elementary School

• Autumn Higgenbotham, grade 4, Lacoste Elementary School

• Tyler Nata, grade 4, Arabi Elementary School

• Brayen Nation, grade 4, Arabi Elementary School

• Deylah Pritchard, grade 4, J. Davies Elementary School 

Tournament organizer Gena Asevado said competitors must blend skill and strategy to succeed.  

“Playing Academic Games forces you to think creatively, critically, and quickly,” she said. “It also challenges students to use higher-order thinking skills in each of the games.” 

Asevado said the return of in-person competition is a welcomed one. She was also quick to credit the coaches for their continued efforts in getting their players tournament ready. 

“We are happy to have students compete in person again. It truly is a team effort, and we look forward to the rest of the season as we gear up for our national tournament this spring.” 

(Pictured, l-r): Ella Schroeder (grade 5), J. Davies Elementary School; Preston Senez (grade 5), J. Davies Elementary School; and Bryce Watson (grade 5), J. Davies Elementary School.

(Pictured, l-r): Connor Dewey (grade 7), Andrew Jackson Middle School; Maya Dufrene (grade 8), N. P. Trist Middle School; and Christian Miller (grade 8), N.P. Trist Middle School.

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