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Academic Competitions

We enjoy providing opportunities for our students to shine!

St. Anne & St. Jude students participate in the following South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA) competitions:

SCISA Battle of the Books - Selected students from lower and middle school compete in a statewide team competition that tests their knowledge on selected novels.

SCISA Quiz Bowl - Selected students in grades sixth through eith grades compete in a statewide team competition that tests their knowledge in all academic areas.

SCISA Chess Tournament - Selected students in fifth through eighth grades compete in the section according to their grade. Five 30 minute timed matches will determine the highest four that advance to the semi-finals and finals competition. 

SCISA Literary Meet - Selected students choose to participate in one of the following categories: Essay, Extemporaneous Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Poetry Recitation, or Storytelling.

SCISA Math Meet - Through this competition with other area schools students have the opportunity to apply and expand on the various math skills that are taught in Middle School.

SCISA Science Fair - Students in third through eighth grades participate in the St. Anne & St. Jude Science Fair.  Students are required to use the scientific method and experimentation rather than merely doing research or model building.  The winners of the fair go on to represent our school in the statewide SCISA competition.

SCISA Spelling Bee - Students participate in the state Spelling Bee competition. Students are chosen from third through eighth grade based on performance in their classroom's spelling bee.

We also offer the opportunity to excel in the following competitions:

National Geographic Bee - Students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate in this entertaining and challenging test of knowledge prepared by the National Geographic Society.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot Pen Essay Contest - Students proudly describe the reasons for their patriotism based on the essay topics provided each year by the VFW.

Bridge Building Competition - We partner with Central Carolina Technical College Engineering Department to see who can build the strongest bridge made of popsicle sticks and glue. Students in the seventh and eighth grade compete against each other in this annual event.

Zaner Bloser National Handwriting Contest - Students from Kindergarten through eighth grade demonstrate their best handwriting.  

Destination Imagination - Students from second through fourth grade form a team which participates in this global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) competition.  Students are required to invent a solution to a particular problem which they demonstrate through a group skit. They must also compete in instant challenges.