BGA Students Host Grammar Schools for Annual Competition
Posted on 11/07/2016
On November 7, 2016, the Eighteenth annual Bishop George Ahr High School Grammar School Competition took place. The event was held at Bishop Ahr, a place where students can grasp a true sense of community, especially through spiritual, creative, academic, and athletic experiences.

Twelve grammar schools from the Diocese of Metuchen came together to be challenged by various scholastic and athletic competitions. The event was organized by campus minister, Sr. Cynthia Babyak, athletic director, Mr. Michael Wolfthal, associate principal, Mr. Harry Ziegler, many BGA faculty, staff and the BGA student ambassadors who volunteered their time to assist with the activities.

To begin the program, the grammar school students, teachers, and parents were treated to some musical numbers performed by BGA’s own liturgical band and choir. Songs like the ever-popular “Big House,” “Trading our Sorrows,” “God is a Good God,” and the new favorite “A Rightful Place” were sung by the entire choir and all of the BGA student volunteers. The BGA Middlesex County GMC Champion cheerleaders performed a spirited routine.

Included in the competition were six individual contests:  a small-scale version of the popular Jeopardy TV show; some Problem Solving activities; a Dramatic Arts project; Athletic activities, a Forensic Science challenge and a Spelling Bee. All of the students who competed did a great job representing their school. Each grammar School attending had a total of 21 participants on their team.

The twelve schools participating were Assumption Catholic School, Immaculate Conception School, Perth Amboy Catholic School, St. Ambrose School, St. Bartholomew School, St. Francis Cathedral School, St. Helena School, St. James School, St. John Vianney School, St. Joseph School, St. Matthew School, and St. Matthias School. 
“Each school had such great spirit! It was a pleasure having them come to BGA. We look forward to hosting this event again next year,” said Sister Cynthia.

Each event of the competition had three team winners. The overall school team winners were: 1st Place –St. James School, Woodbridge; 2nd Place –St. Francis Cathedral School, Metuchen; and 3rd Place – St. John Vianney School, Colonia.