Plenty of opportunities to get involved
Much of what students learn at Saint George’s happens outside the classroom. Lower School students gain new skills through Chess Club, join the Little Dragon Cheerleaders, and discover the fun of coding their own video games. They enjoy after-school sports camps and private music lessons on campus. Middle School students win statewide honors on Math Counts and Math Is Cool teams, learn about sustainability and community in the Green Club, and make tortillas from scratch in the International Club.
By the time students reach Upper School, they have an idea of what they like and can start specializing. Dragons measure up against the top engineering students in the world through FIRST Robotics tournaments. They compete in math and economics contests during lunch breaks. Both Knowledge Bowl and History Bowl teams have made their mark on the state and nationally. The Associated Student Body (ASB) helps keep the school running smoothly. In the Community
Service club, Dragons put our mission into action. Our Outdoor Club members hike, canoe, bike, and ski. Day trips often start right on our 120 acre campus. Longer trips afford students the chance to learn how to survive and thrive in nature.
Across the divisions, Dragon Clubs encourage students to hone old skills and practice new ones. Students often remember their coaches and leaders as important teachers, even though they never receive grades.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, Saint George’s FIRST Lego League Robotics Team #40706, the Unreliable Sparkplugs, competed at the Eastern Washington Regional Competition held at Salk Middle School. In our second year, the team did extremely well, improving in several areas of judging. Congratulations to Thatcher Canady, Riley Engels, Hadley Henrickson, Matthew Longstreth, Sophia Naccarato, Delaney Nachreiner, Adrian Rooney, Per Sande, Katie Schultheis, and Natalie Sorenson for a job well done! See a Photo Gallery of them at the competition.
The team ran three different robots in their matches to give more students experience "at the board." Coach Michelle Bledsoe reports that the first robot (run by Delaney, Hadley, & Sophia) had a good run and they were able to successfully park their bot on the bridge, ending with 90 points. The second robot (run by Per & Matthew L), had a great run, completing several missions and earning 170 points, thanks to some last minute programming on the way to the match. Thatcher and Adrian ran the third robot, which didn’t earn a high score but was a good exercise in problem solving. Team #40706 finished ranked 18th out of 35 teams and is determined to do even better next year!
The Pilgrim's Progress chess tournament at Saint George's on Saturday, Nov. 23 had 37 competitors from as far away as Pullman, including eight players from SGS. Saint George's won the team trophy. Winning individual trophies were Noah Hochheimer (4.0), second in Knights section (tied for first, but lost to the player he tied with); Oliver Ling (4.0), second in Bishop's section; Eshan Reddy (3.5), top in grade 4; and Jonah Hurst (3.0), top high school player. Donovan Bradford (3.5) had the same score as Eshan, and thus tied for top in 4th grade. Eshan won the sole award since he played in the top section, and so presumably had tougher competition, said coach James Stripes.
Saint George's FIRST Tech Challenge team #7935 participated in their first competition of the year on Nov. 3 at Gonzaga Prep. Their robot was the autonomous "start of the day" according to coach Rick DeFord, and they are currently in 2nd place. Thanks to 10th grader Chase Foster for this Photo Gallery from the competition.