The annual St. Benedict at Auburndale High School Academics Day for teams from Diocesan Middle Schools brought a lot of bright young students together on the SBA campus in healthy academic competition on Saturday, April 13. Teams from Incarnation, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sacred Heart (Southaven), St. Ann in Bartlett, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Louis competed in rounds of questioning similar to those in Knowledge or Academic Bowls. After several rounds, points are tabulated and semi-finalists (four teams) compete to determine who will be in the finals. The semifinalists were Incarnation Blue Team with 545 points, OLPH Blue Team with 505 points, St. Francis Red Team with 545 points and the OLPH Red Team with 465 points. They competed to narrow the slate to the OLPH Red Team and the St. Francis Red Team.

Teams usually bring alternates who play some of the rounds.

Joseph Mangin, from the OLPH Blue Team, was named MVP for scoring the most points as an individual – 240 9receiving his award from SBA History Chair Jim Epley)

The Runner-up, this year, was the OLPH Red Team – seated in front (from left) 8th grade Gayden McFadden, 7th grader Jack Ford, 8th grader Bobby McAlexander, 7th grader Ava Podnar.

Standing is their sponsor Monica Sweatt and seated in back is alternate 8th grader Grace Regan.

The winner of this year’s SBA Academics Day was the St. Francis of Assisi Red Team – seated in front (from left) 8th graders Joseph Opferman, Raleigh Deeley, Mike Hoffmeyer, Michael Weber. 2nd row (from left) sponsores Eydie Tyler and Donna Hosp and alternates 7th grader Lily Sobalvarro and 8th grader Mark Schaffler.

This is the 30th year of the annual SBA Academics Day competition. The Rho Kappa History Honor Society sponsored the event under the direction of History Chair Jim Epley.