Similar to athletics, academic competitions promote a healthy environment in which students can strive for excellence. The focus here is not on winning; rather, we encourage competition in several events throughout the year (Chess Meet, Spelling Bee, Speech Meet) to motivate students to push themselves and each other to be better than they think they can be. Teachers and parents work with students to help them reach their maximum potential, and hone the unique skills and personality God has given them.
Along the way, our students build confidence in themselves, and learn to become comfortable speaking in front of groups of people. And while competitions sometimes can be intimidating, students quickly realize that there are life lessons to be learned in both winning and losing, and that the “ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge…” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).
SSSCA helped our daughter grow in confidence in her ability to communicate as a public speaker, which has helped open many doors for her.
Julius and Carolyne Isendi