Clubs & Groups News

The SGS FIRST Robotics Team #1595 reached the quarter-finals at the Yakima Regional Competition on March 15-16.  They also won the "Creativity Award" that celebrates creativity in design, use of components, or strategy of play.  See a Photo Gallery of the team in Yakima and their matches.  (See the Team's Video showing off their robot and the FIRST Video about this year's competition.)  Their next competition is at East Valley HS on March 22-23; go see them in action!

SGS 7th grader Kara Chaing finished 29th at the Statewide Math Counts competition in Redmond, WA on March 9.  Kara represented the SGS Math Counts team (photo above).   She was 2nd overall at the Spokane regional Math Counts competition, and finished in the top quarter of the best Middle School math students in Washington State.  Congratulations!

Saint George's 2019 Deep Space robot T.A.R.S. can place hatches and red 'cargo' balls to earn points in the FIRST Robotics Competitions that begin in mid-March.  Check out Their Video that placed 3rd in their division on FirstUpdateNow's #ogrobotreveal stream.  (Here's the FRC Video that explains the game the robots will play this spring.)  Go SGS Robotics!

Six SGS players and two parents enjoyed some "March Madness" chess competition on Saturday, March 9.  Reagan Heller won best in fourth grade with a score of 3.0, while Eshan Reddy was the highest scoring Dragon (3.5) in the top section.  Noah Hochheimer also played up and scored 3.0; Donovan Bradford was the other SGS player with 3.0.  The team was 3rd overall.  See a few photos from the March Madness Chess Tournament taken by coach James Stripes.

Saint George's Knowledge Bowl team took 1st place in the 2B Division for the Spokane Region at Whitworth University on Feb. 22.  The Dragons were tops among 12 2B schools and advance to the State Competition.  Congratulations to Alec Bunn, Gabi Cunningham, John Michael Field, Jake Gliniak, and Tariq Ravasia.  The team also made it to the semi-finals of the overall Spokane Region of 34 schools of all sizes, finishing 7th overall.  Go Dragons!

Saint George's 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math Is Cool teams attended their regional competition on Feb. 15 at Mead HS.  The 6th grade team of Esther Buckner, Robert DeForest, Oliver Ling, and Ian Reichel earned 2nd place overall, just one point out of 1st place.  Oliver placed 3rd overall in the individual competition.  The 7th grade team of Jaiden Nagra, Lily Nosbaum, Henrietta Osborne, and Aarna Pardeshi (coached by Chris Marshall) learned a lot but did not place.  The 8th grade team of Peyton Dixon, Anna Field, Catherine Field, Paul Poole, Michael Resendes, and Luke Whitman also competed well but did not place.

The SGS Math Counts team of Kara Chiang, Steel Lindauer, Oliver Ling, and Sam Morris placed 3rd overall at the Spokane Regional Math Counts competition at Gonzaga Univ. on Feb. 9 against Middle Schools from across Eastern Washington.  Kara earned 2nd place overall in the individual competition and will advance to the State Math Counts event on March 9 at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA.  Way to go, Dragons!

Three policy debate teams from Saint George's competed in the Open division at the Tom Foley Invitational at University HS this weekend.  It was the last regular season GSL tournament and one of Spokane’s biggest, attracting teams from all over the West.  SGS teams of Alli Dixon and Olivia Senske, Cassie Benson and Maddy Roberts, and Chaitanya Nalluri and David Thew competed, with Alli placing 2nd in speaker points and Maddy 8th.  In Lincoln-Douglas debate, John Michael Field competed in the Open division and Erika Piotrowski in JV.  Erika advanced to the semifinals, bringing home a medal for finishing among her division’s top four.  Good work, Dragons!

Congratulations to the SGS chess players who participated on Jan. 19 at the Winterfest Youth Chess Tournament.  Eshan Reddy placed 3rd overall in the K-12 section, and Adrian Rooney placed 2nd overall in the K-6 section.  Donovan Bradford took 2nd place overall in the K-3 section, and Noah Hochheimer took home the trophy for top second grader.  Coach James Stripes and his team proudly won the 1st place team trophy!

In October, the Saint George’s debate program earned the rare opportunity to host a University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions (TOC) policy debate “bid tournament.”  In policy debate, TOC bid status is the holy grail of a successful tournament and program.  Bid tournaments routinely draw competitors from across the nation.  Gonzaga University hosts a bid tournament, as does the Univ. of California at Berkeley.

Last weekend marked the inaugural SGS tournament, which drew 50 of the most competitive debaters from up and down the West Coast.  Schools in attendance included Damien High School (Los Angeles), Silver Creek High School (East Palo Alto), and several of the perennial contenders from Oregon and Washington.  The debate program also raised money to make the tournament affordable to Urban Debate Leagues around the nation.  Next year promises an even more competitive field.  See a Photo Gallery of our own Saint George's debaters and speakers competing at the tournament.

Many thanks to the parents who helped feed judges and competitors, to the alumni who judged and critiqued rounds, and to the debaters who kept the tournament running smoothly.  Special thanks, also, to the generous tournament donors, including Brewer Law Firm, Twyford Law Office, and Anonymous.  Their donations helped make one of the more competitive policy debate tournaments in the nation affordable for everyone.  Go Dragons!    

Members of the SGS Robotics Team #1595 were guests of their team sponsor, Spokane's Pearson Packaging Systems, at a big robotics "Pack Expo" in Chicago on Oct. 13-16.  The students demonstrated their FRC robot and learned a lot about how industrial robots work.  See a Photo Gallery of them at the Pack Expo and exploring some of the other sights that Chicago offers.

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