Future Problem Solving is all about thinking creatively and spontaneously while organizing ideas into an organized template. It teaches how to approach unique problems from 16 different perspectives, broadening the ability to pose well rounded suggestions. Practices involve learning how the organization template works. Practices can accommodate up to 16 team members while competitions are limited to four. Eight students a year typically get to compete. Competitions are two hours long and the team is expected to complete the entire process from start to finish, collaboratively. Learning the process well takes years, but the reward is worth the time invested.
Meeting Frequency: Once a week during the late fall and early winter
St. X participates in the Written Assessment competition for Governor's Cup. Students are selected to take timed, 60-question, multiple-choice tests in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Arts & Humanities. Because the tests are based on cumulative high school knowledge, juniors and seniors are typically the participants in these events.
Meeting Frequency: No regular meetings. Practice tests are provided before competitions
Moderator: Mrs. Eileen Moore
Math Team is an opportunity to let math abilities shine. The math problems challenge students of all levels, but can be completed by anyone who has the desire to channel all of the mathematics they have ever learned. Math team problems expose students to unique situations and problems they have never seen before. This offers a unique opportunity for students to escape the sometimes predictable world of traditional school mathematics. On four dates per year, three students from each grade take a challenging math test in competition with students from other local schools. The competition is strong, but St. X is always represented by well-prepared, high-performing young men. All students are welcome to participate. No experience necessary.
Meeting Frequency: Optional practices once a week through March. Competitions are four times as year.
Moderator: Mr. Eric Caudill
Quick Recall is an academic quiz bowl competition. Two teams of four students each answer questions read by a moderator as they try to beat the clock and the opposing team with a correct response. Students buzz in with answers and have the opportunity to collaborate on bonus questions when they buzz in with correct responses.
Meeting Frequency: St. X participates in a non-public school league for Varsity and JV teams from September until January. Weekly matches (both home and away) take place on Thursdays after school with an end-of-season tournament in January. Practice takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Members can practice one day a week or both, as long as they come to one practice each week. The Varsity team also participates in the annual Governor's Cup competition, with District competition in late January and the possibility to move to Regional and State competition in March.