On January 9, the Episcopal Mu Alpha Theta team competed in the Catholic High Math Tournament, competing against approximately 300 students from 19 schools in Divison II. Congratulations to the Episcopal team for placing 1st overall in Divison II! The following are the individual and team awards:
Algebra I Individual –
Honorable Mention – KC Shimada and Abhay Basireddy
2nd place – Arohi Gopal
5th place – Madeleine Cope
2nd place – Tomohiro Niwano
Algebra II Individual
Honorable Mention – Mary Grace Beck, Mary Brandon Harrell, Anna Garrett, Kenny Schafer, Ajit Alapati, and Shannon Ahmad
4th place – Rachel Posner
4th place – Samuel Li
Calculus A Individual
Honorable Mention – Isabella Harlan
Calculus B Individual
5th place – Joe Leo
3rd place – Alex Dunbar
2nd place – Akbar Zamin
1st place Middle School Team Test – Abhay Basireddy, Elaine Gboloo, and Arohi Gopal
2nd place Potpourri Team Test – Alex Dunbar, Akbar Zamin, Joe Leo, and Arden Koschel
2nd place Comprehensive Math 1.5 Team Test – Rachel Posner, Louise Andreeff, Shannon Ahmad, and Mary Grace Beck
2nd place Calculus B Team Test – Chris Thibodaux, Cameron Culluns, Megan Stauss, and Emma Massengale
2nd place in the Middle School Interschool Test
1st place in Upper Interschool Test
Kwame Alexander, a Newbery Medal recipient, is coming to talk to two groups of students: grades 3-5 and 6-8 on January 22.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt received the medal in 2015. In the book, twelve-year-old narrator, Josh Bell, uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the "moving & grooving/popping and rocking" of life on the basketball court with his twin brother, J.B. This powerful novel in verse paints an authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis.
Kwame Alexander will meet with grades 3-5 from 8:40-9:30 then with grades 6-8 from 9:40-10:30, and will be happy to sign books afterwards.
Many 6th graders studied The Crossover, the novel he wrote that earned the Newbery. It’s also been a big hit with sports-minded kids in other grades. He’s a celebrated author with over 20 books to his credit, mostly written as poetry.
On Saturday, January 9, the Episcopal Robotics Team attended the 2016 FIRST® Robotics Competition Season Kickoff Presentation at the LSU Digital Media Center. The Kickoff marked the beginning of the robot build season for FIRST STRONGHOLD, which is the game for the 2016 robotics competition. The team had the opportunity to see a video about FIRST robotics and to learn about the game. They also picked up the Kit of Parts that contains motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials, and a mix of additional automation components. The FIRST STRONGHOLD medieval game theme adds to the excitement of the Episcopal KnightVision FIRST Team as they begin to design and build their robot.
Marc Aubanel, Director of the LSU Digital Media Arts and Engineering, made a dynamic presentation on the research, projects, and events, which involve video game design, 3-D modeling, interactive sound design, and other digital topics, that are in progress at LSU. He inspired students and shared strategies to help them be creative, respectful, and successful.
The Kickoff Presentation Video, which includes an explanation of FIRST STRONGHOLD Game,
Information about the 2016 challenge and FIRST is available at:
Information about the LSU Digital Media Arts and Engineering: