Students from 19 Catholic Elementary Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Recognized During First in Math® Award Ceremony

Wednesday, May 30th

Three schools are ranked in the top ten nationally; all are ranked in the top 100 in the State of Pennsylvania; and the top student in the nation hails from Our Lady of Calvary School

Students and educators from 19 parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese who have ranked nationally or statewide in the First In Math® online program were honored during a local awards ceremony.

The awards were presented by Sister Edward William Quinn, IHM, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Office of Catholic Education on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Saint Laurence Catholic School in Upper Darby (Delaware County).

The ceremony recognized student and educator placement in five categories

  • schools that placed in the top 100 schools ranking;
  • teams that placed in the national Top 100 team rankings;
  • educators that placed in the top 100 national educators ranking;
  • family players that placed in the top 100 family member rankings; and
  • individual players that placed in the top 100 player rankings.

This year, 10 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese placed in the National Top 100 Schools Ranking for First In Math® out of approximately 5,000 participating schools.

They include:

Nineteen parish and regional elementary school in the Archdiocese are in the top 100 in the state of Pennsylvania.  Additionally, Notre Dame de Lourdes also ranked number one in the nation among all small schools participating.

The top student in the nation is from Our Lady of Calvary Catholic School in Northeast Philadelphia.

Background Information Regarding First In Math®  

Dr. Robert Sun (Saint Francis de Sales School, Class of 1962) invented the 24 Game® in 1988. In 2002, the 24 Game® expanded and moved to the internet under the title First in Math®.  The online program begins August 1st and ends April 30th each year.  Students compete within their school, with other schools in the Archdiocese, with over 1,000 schools in Pennsylvania and over 5,000 schools nationwide.  

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