Private schools compete in academic contest; Grace takes home win

Published on Monday, 24 February 2014 23:09 - Written by Emily Guevara, eguevara@tylerpaper.com

Four area private schools competed in recent TAPPS District academic meets with Grace Community School taking the top spot in its competition.

Grace won the TAPPS 4A-2 District Academic Contest held on Feb. 12 at Highland Oaks Church of Christ in Dallas.

All Saints Episcopal School placed second and Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic School placed fourth in that competition. The other three schools were from the Dallas area.

The competition featured 17 events such as science, social studies, math, and persuasive speaking.

Grace had 33 students compete with 52 entries and 32 entries advanced to state, according to information provided by District 4A-2 coordinator Delisa Bice, who is Grace’s head of fine arts. All Saints had 40 students compete with 51 entries and 21 entries advanced to state. Gorman had 28 students compete with 49 entries and five entries advanced to state.

Students who placed first through fourth in each event qualified to go to state.

Ms. Bice said the competition provides a great avenue for students who are academically inclined.

“It’s really a great competition to go and see kids who are likeminded and gifted from all the different schools,” she said.

The Brook Hill School in Bullard placed second in the TAPPS 3A-2 District Academic Contest on Feb. 14-15 at Canyon Creek Christian Academy in Richardson. The rest of the competing schools in that district were from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Brook Hill had 19 students compete with 33 entries and 15 entries advanced to state, according to information provided by Travis Albea, the school’s marketing director.