Academy Wins National Academic League Championship
The Mesa Academy's NAL team competed against Pittsburgh's Marshall Middle School on April 5th in the championship game held at Arizona State University, winning the national title with a score of 59 – 48. The Academy has competed on the national level for the last five years, but this is the first year it won the national title.
The National Academic League is a sports-themed academic competition designed to challenge young scholars and invite friendly competition and collaboration. Students competing in the games can encounter topics from four major academic areas (Language Arts, Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities) divided into 22 subcategories. Games are divided into four quarters: Roundabout, Teamwork, Problem-Solving, and One-on-One.
Games run on the local level, where cities determine a winner from total won games and total points earned. Those winners go on to compete with the top schools in other participating states during the national championship. These proceed through brackets, similar to sports games with Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, and Championship games.
The Academy’s coaches have over 20 years’ experience with the games and employed the strategy this year of recruiting three distinct stand-alone teams with unique skill sets.
Congratulations, Knights! You’re the top team in the nation!