Academic Competitions

At the Academy, you will have opportunities to participate in a variety of academic competitions. The following competitions are an important part of school life. Opportunities to participate in other academic competitions – math, science, geography -- expand with student interest, so do bring your passions and suggestions with you to the Academy.

Law Day Competition

National Law Day celebrates May 1st with a national competition sponsored by regional bar associations. The Greater Lowell Bar Association judges the best high school essay in thisregion on a topic provided by the American Bar Association’s annual Law Day challenge. The challenge highlights the liberties US citizens experience in a legal system that values justice for all. President Eisenhower created this program to expand awareness that “respect for the rule of law is the key to individual freedom and justice.”

Junior and Senior Academy students submit essays, and a faculty committee sends along the best Academy essay for the competition, which lawyers compare with other regional high school submissions. Academy students consistently place highly in this competition. The 2012 Law Day essay-winner was Pooja Patnaik ’13, whose essay on “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom” drew attention to the financial strain the judicial system is currently experiencing. Pooja was honored at Lowell District Court, and walked away with $500 to add to her college fund.

Model United Nations (Model UN)

Open to all Academy students, the Academy’s Model UN team researches and prepares for four-five one day conferences and one weekend-long conference each year. Each conference provides students with a focus country, as well as specific international issues. Students must research and develop positions and platforms to best represent the interests of their assigned country.

The preparation work represents only part of the picture. Students must also think on their feet as they make proposals, meet in committees, caucus and negotiate with other countries to advance their country’s interests while compromising as well. Model UN competitions simulate actual United Nation sessions, in a learning environment.

Participating in the Academy’s Model UN team enables students to develop strong research, writing and presentation skills while enjoying the camaraderie of group learning. They also emerge as more informed, empowered and energized global citizens. Each year students determine at what level they want to compete, with most choosing a low-pressure learning process-approach. Learn more about the national Model UN program.