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.
Battle of the Books is an academic reading competition sponsored by the Atlanta Archdiocese for the third through eighth grades and is open to all area Catholic schools. The program is voluntary for Marist seventh and eighth-grade students and is sponsored by the library. Students form grade level teams of three or four students and read books over the course of the school year. In April the library will host a competition to determine which team knows the books best. Questions are content oriented and the answer is the title and author of the book. The school champion (team), will attend the Archdiocesan competition in May. More information and signups can be found HERE.
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.
Math Team is a fun and competitive activity that students in 9th-12th grade can participate in. It is a great way for students to develop intuitive thinking and problem-solving skills while learning new types of math. Students will collaborate and work together to solve fun and challenging problems. Additionally, students will learn to view math as an art instead of a set of rules and guidelines while building teamwork skills.
The Math Team competes in mathematical competitions throughout the school year both on-campus and off-campus. The competitions will offer foundations students the opportunity to develop the mathematical technical skills needed to make middle school students aware of the impact mathematics has on everyday life. The math team will also participate in local and national math tournaments like the American Mathematics Competition and MATHCOUNTS Competition.
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 FIRST Robotics Challenge and FIRST Tech Challenge.
Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. The preparation would mostly occur during our Activity Periods. Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. We participate in Division B, which includes 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad allows for a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.
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.
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