2015 Knoxville Latinfest Results for KCHS

Saturday November 21, 2015: Overall, KCHS combined sweepstakes points earned first place in the city for the second year in a row. Below are individual and group results for the competition. Gratulationes!


Academic Testing

Mythology Lower level:

  • 1st place Matthew Ramos
  • 3rd place Patrick Shurina

History Lower Level:

  • 2nd place Cassi Jones
  • 3rd place Patrick Shurina

History Upper Level:  

  • 2nd place Meredith Allen
  • 3rd place Nick Lovely

Latin language Lower Level:

  • 1st place Caroline Consoli
  • 2nd place Nicholas Parsly
  • 3rd place Cassi Jones

Upper Level

  • 2nd place Nick Lovely, Caleb Morgan, Lindsey Bruce, James Daffron

Lower Level

  • 2nd place Nicholas Parsly, Peter Cooper, Lauren McKenzie, Paul Velas

Lower level

  • 2nd place Gavrick Paul
  • 3rd place Peter Cooper
  • 2nd place Nicholas Parsly, Matthew Ramos, Peter Cooper, Patrick Shurina, Maggie Keener, Alex Peterson, Samantha Gaylor, and Gavrick Paul
  • 1st place Hannah Sealock, Patrick Shurina, and Matthew Ramos
  • 2nd place Joseph Angelino and Reagan Hart
  • 3D – 1st place Matthew Ramos
  • 3D – 3rd place Meredith Allen
  • 2D – 1st place Cassi Jones
  • 2D – 2nd place Andrew Henderson
  • 2D – 3rd place Hannah Sealock
Mythology Spelling Bee
  • 1st place Towns Hughes
  • 2nd place Cassi Jones

Diocese of Knoxville Named to AP District Honor Roll

On November 12, the Diocese of Knoxville was selected to the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board. This is the second year in a row that the Diocesan high schools, Knoxville Catholic High School and Notre Dame High School (Chattanooga), were recognized for this academic achievement. The Diocese was one of only four districts in Tennessee that met the criteria to be placed on the AP Honor Roll. The other Tennessee districts were the Cocke County School System, Greeneville City Schools, and Jefferson County Schools.

“Over the past 8 years, Knoxville Catholic High School has doubled the number of AP courses in our curriculum while more than tripling our student enrollment,” said Dickie Sompayrac, KCHS Principal. “It is a real credit to our AP teachers that we have been able to significantly increase the access, while also maintaining extremely competitive pass rates. To be recognized on the AP Honor Roll for two consecutive years is a real testament to both diocesan high schools – Notre Dame and Knoxville Catholic.”

A total of 539 school districts across the U.S. and Canada are being honored by the College Board for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement® course work, while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. 

To be named to the Honor Roll, schools must have opened AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. Criteria used for inclusion in the AP District Honor Roll include:

  • Increased access to AP courses
  • The percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP exams must not have decreased more than 5% for large and medium districts and 10% for small districts
  • Performance levels were maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams scoring 3 or higher from 2010 to 2012.

KCHS Named Top 50 Catholic School

On September 20, the winners of the 2012-2013 Catholic High School Honor Roll competition were announced by The Cardinal Newman Society.  For the second time since the Honor Roll was established in 2004, Knoxville Catholic High School (KCHS) was named to the Top 50.

The top 50 schools are recognized for overall excellence in all three Honor Roll categories – Catholic identity, academics, and civic education.  “Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society.

This year’s top 50 Honor Roll schools are diverse: large and small, new and long-established, both highly selective and open enrollment admissions policies, and high and low tuition rates. The common trait is an institutional commitment to providing a truly integrated and faithful Catholic education across all disciplines and in all areas of student activities.

 “Being named a Top 50 Catholic High School validates our partnership with our parents and supporting parishes as a truly authentic Catholic institution,” said Dickie Sompayrac, KCHS Principal.  “This honor is also a testament to the outstanding commitment and work of our faculty and staff.  We are all very proud to be a part of this incredible KCHS Community.”

The top 50 schools are located in 21 states, with Pennsylvania having the highest number of honorees with seven schools, followed by Texas with six and Michigan with five.  Archbishop Edward McCarthy High School in Florida is the largest school with 1,489 students. St. Ignatius College Preparatory School and Faustina Academy, both in Texas, are the smallest schools with 48 students each.

The Catholic High School Honor Roll was created by The Action Instutite in 2004. The Cardinal Newman Society assumed the program this year, consistent with its mission of helping Catholic families and promoting faithful Catholic education.