In order to afford extended opportunities for academic challenge and applied learning, Trinity engages our students in various forms of extracurricular scholarship. Our students may choose to match skills with students across the state in Private Schools Interscholastic Association's (PSIA) spectrum of academic competition; some may undertake stimulating challenges in creative problem-solving with a Destination Imagination team; or take a stand in the Scripps National Spelling Bee or National Geographic's Geography Bee. Middle School students also may challenge the National Latin and Spanish Exam, or participate in any of the various competitions in mathematics and writing that are offered within their English and math classes. They may also choose to practice debate and negotiation around issues of global significance with the Model United Nations club.
With 19 contest categories covering a wide range of disciplines, PSIA, Private Schools Interscholastic Association, provides an exciting opportunity for private school students in grades 1 through 8 to engage in academic competition with their peers throughout the state of Texas.
Trinity students recently competed in the PSIA Texas state competition in Fort Worth at Texas Christian University. Trinity had ten students from Lower and Middle School qualify for the state meet.
Lower School student Ariaan Ghatate placed first in state in 4th grade math! Rebecca Hochman (4th grade) also competed at state in Music Memory and Spelling, and JD Jordan participated in 3rd grade Ready Writing.
Our Middle School students also did well at state with 8th grader Maddie Silverman taking 4th place in Ready Writing. Also participating were 6th graders Clea Bell in Maps, Graphs, and Charts, Liam Archacki in Vocabulary and Spelling, and Margarita Matta in On-Site Drawing; 7th graders Helena White in Music Memory and Amanda Bratton in On-Site Drawing; and 8th grader Max Gordon in On-Site Drawing.
Math Pentathlon is a program of interactive problem-solving games, supportive curricular and instructional activities, and assessment tools. This program provides a highly motivational format for developing and practicing important mathematics concepts and skills, while strengthening strategic thinking/problem-solving abilities. This rigorous program is aligned with standards in the areas of number sense, computation, algebra and functions, geometry, measurement, and problem solving.
Students in grades K-3 learn five Math Pentathlon games. Game partners discuss aloud various options and possibilities in formulating strategies based on expected counter moves from the other players. In this way the games challenge students to mature in their ability to think strategically and resolve problems that are continually undergoing change. After learning and mastering the games, students are given the opportunity to compete with students from other schools at the state tournament. Every year, more than 60% of our students compete. We have placed 2nd in the state and continue to be a very strong presence at the Pentatholn tournament. We look forward to competing again next spring!
Trinity sends a delegation of Middle School students to the Global Elementary Model United Nations Convention every spring. Participants are placed on global committees and are given topics to discuss and debate. This year, 6th grader J.T. Greco was recognized as the top delegate on his committee, the Human Rights Council, and James Mohn was recognized as the Security Council’s top speaker. Several Trinity students received honorable mention and all received compliments for their poise, courtesy, and engagement. Sophie Ryland, Hanna Pak, and Ford Martin each spoke before an audience of 400 in the opening plenary session.
In the Lower School, our 2nd - 4th grade students participate in a written spelling bee every year. Those papers are graded and the top three winners from each grade will go on to participate in the PSIA Spelling Contest in the Fall.
The Middle School students participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest annually. This is a spoken bee, and this year we had over 50 students compete for the title. The winner goes on to represent Trinity at the State Spelling Bee competition.
The National Geographic Bee is an annual geography contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The bee, held every year since 1989, is open to students in the fourth through eighth grade in participating American schools.
Each year our Middle School students participate in the Geo Bee using materialsprepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to spark student interest in geography and to increase global awareness. Ten students participated, including three each from seventh and eighth grade, and two each from fifth and sixth. The participants were determined through in-class competitions at each grade level. The students went in rounds answering both written and oral questions.
During the “Championship Round,” our two finalists had a series of three questions each to determine the winner. Amelia Bast clinched the victory with correct answers to two out of three questions, making her the winner of this year's bee. Amelia went on to participate in the State Geography Bee in Dallas.