Middle & Upper School Competitions
Geo Bee is a national contest, using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The competition is a series of geography-based questions. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge. Classroom winners proceed to the final round. The school champion continues competition with a chance to advance to the state level competition.
Academic Team is a Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHAA) directed competitive team that is open to all upper school students. Practices are held weekly and team members participate in two to four competitions (plus districts) during the school year. The focus is on a variety of academic topics, answered in a Jeopardy style format.
The middle school (6th-8th) and upper school (9th-12th) teams participate in a regional competition in Rolla, MO that occurs in mid-February. There are 15 spots on each team and students typically participate in three to four different events ranging from test taking to building events. Students may also participate in the state competition, based on the team’s qualifying score.
There are various opportunities to compete throughout the year. Math Olympiad competitions are thirty-minute tests taken five times during the year. This competition is open to grades 4-8. In addition, students have the opportunity to travel to other schools throughout the year to participate in individual and team math competitions including MATHCOUNTS, the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Competition, and the American Mathematics Competition (AMC).
Students in 6th-8th grades participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The purpose of the event is to help students improve their spelling and increase their vocabularies, as well as learn English usage concepts. Students test their spelling skills in a friendly in-school competition usually held in January. The winner advances to the local competition in March.
Poetry Out Loud
All students in 9th-12th grades participate in this competition Poetry Out Loud hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts. In December and January, students memorize and recite poems first in classroom competitions, and then for a school final, all for the chance to represent CIS at the regional competition in February.
For students enrolled in either middle or upper school choir, band, or orchestra, there are several MSHSAA sponsored regional and state competitions, at which CIS students have excelled. These events include opportunities for students to participate as a soloist, small ensemble member, or as part of a large ensemble.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in local and state competitions including oratorical and essay contests, as well as scholarship opportunities. Student winners are recognized at our annual awards ceremony in April for all school, local, state, and national competitions.