The Academic Team competes locally, statewide and nationally. The game, also sometimes called quiz bowl, involves a team of students applying their depth of knowledge and speed of recall to answer questions across the broad spectrum of academics. Topic areas include:
Literature History Science Mathematics
Geography Philosophy Religion Mythology Art History Classical Music Social Sciences Pop Culture
The game has both individual and team aspects: the individual component is similar to Jeopardy (although more academic in focus), while the team component involves players working together to answer a series of related questions.
One player is not expected to know everything; in fact the best teams are composed of players who are each very passionate about and specialize in one or a handful of the subjects listed above. We practice in Ivy Street Center after tutorial Monday through Wednesday, and during Activity Period on Thursday (practices last roughly an hour).
Marist competes at the Foundations, Junior Varsity, and Varsity level, and has a longstanding tradition of excellence. This year we are defending JV State Champion and Varsity Runner-up, and finished 57th nationally at the PACE National Championships in Chicago last June.
The Foundations Academic Team is a unique program for 7th and 8th grade students where we compete against other middle schools locally, statewide and nationally. The game, also sometimes called quiz bowl, involves a team of students applying their depth of knowledge and speed of recall to answer questions across the broad spectrum of academics.
A one-time opportunity for students with musical, drama, speech, and writing skills to compete against other schools from our region. Areas of competition are 1) essay: personal, rhetorical, and argumentative, 2) dramatic interpretation: humorous, dramatic and duo, 3) extemporaneous speaking: domestic and international,4) music: girls' trio, boys’ quartet, male solo and female solo. Students are nominated by their teachers for each category and meet with the team coaches to determine the main competitor and one alternate in each event. Region competition occurs in February with the winners moving on to the state event in March.
The Math Team competes in several on-campus competitions sponsored by National Assessment and Testing, Kennesaw State University, and the American Mathematics Competition, as well as off-site contests, including the UGA and Georgia Tech high school mathematics tournaments and local high school tournaments. The moderators of the Math Team conduct an internal problem of the day contest for the Marist community.
MATHCOUNTS offers seventh and eighth-grade students the opportunity to develop the mathematical technical skills needed to make middle school students aware of the impact mathematics has on everyday life. A long‑range objective of MATHCOUNTS is to encourage students to pursue mathematics‑related careers. During the first term, students in the club will participate in MATHCOUNTS warm‑up and workout problems. In the second term, students take the current year's Target and Sprint School competition provided by MATHCOUNTS. The four (4) students with the highest scores are chosen to compete as individuals and as a team in the next round of the competition.
Mock Trial is designed to reenact much of what might take place in a trial court. Students take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses and compete against each other in real courtrooms in front of real judges and lawyers. But while the students take on roles, there is no set script. The Georgia Bar Association publishes a “case” containing background materials, depositions, and witness statements. Each participating school puts together two trial teams, one defense and one plaintiff (or prosecution) and the students argue their positions against other teams in front of judges from the local legal community. As in a debate, participants must adjust to the strategies employed by the opposing side. In general, mock trials draw upon historical events, trials of contemporary interest, school or classroom situations, or hypothetical and entertaining fact patterns.
The Model Arab League acquaints students with the contemporary politics, culture, economics, and religion of the modern Middle East. This is accomplished by simulating a typical diplomatic conference of Arab States. This conference is held in January and involves many Atlanta private and public high schools. Students are chosen by the moderator to act as country delegates, to be members of staff working committees, and to oversee conference administration. While participation is open to any student interested in the Middle East and in contemporary politics, most participants are selected from the Middle East Seminar class.
Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program that provides students the opportunity to work in teams of up to seven students to create a solution to one of 5 published long-term problems. In addition team members practice “spontaneous” exercises to prepare for that portion of the competition. Teams will compete at a regional competition in February or March, and depending on results, may compete at the state tournament in April. The top two teams in each problem at the state tournament will compete in World Finals at the end of May. Practice times will be determined, but students should expect to practice 2-3 hours per week through December with possible optional workday times, 4-6 hours per week in January and February with additional times as necessary as the competition nears.
Marist Robotics will equip students in Middle and High School with the tools of engineering, computer science, mathematics, arts, and teamwork as students design, build and program robotic machines to compete in the Vex Robotics Challenge, FIRST Robotics Challenge, and FIRST Tech Challenge. Robotics teams will practice during Activity period and after school.
Marist Robotics will equip students in 7th and 8th grade with the tools of engineering, computer science, mathematics, arts, and teamwork as students design, build and program robotic machines to compete in the Vex Robotics Challenge. Robotics teams will practice during Activity period and after school.
The Marist Rocket Club invites students in grades 7-12 explore the world of rocketry. Students learn the basics of rocket building and use an altimeter/flight timer to attempt to control altitude, time of ascent, and time of controlled descent. In addition, the club will design rockets to safely return a fragile payload (an egg) to the earth. With a finalized project, the club may compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge. The Rocket Club meets during Activity Period.
Speech and Debate is an academic competition that requires students to exhibit intelligence, hard work, determination, motivation and desire to be successful. The Speech & Debate program is an academic version of Track & Field – that is, we offer competition in more than ten events for your students to choose. Each event comes with its own form of commitment, competition, and skill set. Events range from competitive drama performances to research-based activities to competitive public speaking events. We are committed to being a complete program that offers students multiple venues for speech & debate education. The program is one of the most successful debate teams in the state, winning 12 individual state championships since 2011 and ranked nationally for the past five years. Students are welcome to join anytime in the first two terms. Students are required to attend at least 1-2 tournaments a month from September to March. Students who want to be serious national competitors should plan on attending summer debate institutes. Practices are held daily after school from August to March.
The Foundations Speech & Debate program is made up of two teams – the Intramural Team for 7th graders and the Travel Team for 8th graders. In seventh grade, students learn basic argumentation and speaking skills in intramural activities during Activity Period and after-school four times throughout the year. Our eighth graders travel with our high school program to local one-day tournaments throughout the season and have meetings after school.
Seventh and eighth-grade students are encouraged to participate in the Foundations Spelling Bee. The winner of the annual bee will represent Marist in both the Archdiocesan Spelling Bee and the Georgia Association of Educators system bees, which may ultimately qualify a candidate to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.