Students from William E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus performed well overall according to their teachers, but could not place in the rankings at the provincial level Reach tournament on April 23 and 24 in Edmonton.
An academic quiz competition, Reach to the Top involves knowledge contests at various levels.
During February and March, the senior team from Wm. E Hay competed against Ponoka, St. Augustine and Pigeon Lake, while the intermediate team took on Lacombe, Mecca Glen, St. Augustine, and Pigeon Lake.
The Senior A team placed first after the three rounds of competition and the Intermediate A team finished second with the Intermediate B team finishing third.
“The top two Senior and the top three Intermediate teams advanced to the provincial tournament at Harry Ainlay High School in Edmonton,” said coach Pat Hanson. “The senior (Wm. E. Hay) team finished fourth in their pool, sending them to the consolation side of the tournament.” Although they advanced to the consolation final, they lost a very close contest to Lacombe.
The two intermediate teams both competed well, with the A team losing in the consolation final, according to Hanson.
“Competition is always very tough at this tournament as the city teams are mostly all Grade 12 students at the senior level and Grade 10 students at the intermediate level,” said Hanson. “Our senior team was a mix of both Grade 11 and 12 and our intermediate team was entirely Grade 9 students.”
Senior team members included Chris Orlick, Matthew Somerville, Schubert Hernando, Danae Chostner, Meggan Schultz and Roam Thorsteinsson.
Intermediate team members included Myles Ecklund, Colby Barclay, Isaac Hernando, Jenny Munholland, Derek Schowalter and Lyrah Thomson, Jordan Burkard, Brooke Glasier, Greyson Loshny, JD Lovell, Bradley Spencer and Ty Zitaruk.