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Middle School Academic Rally

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Learn how middle school students can compete at SPX

Over two days in February, the St. Pius X High School Middle School Academic Rally (MSAR), sponsored by the Del Sarto Chapter of the National Honor Society, showcases the talents of students in competitions. This year's main rally events take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018, with pre-rally competitions on Friday, February 2, 2018.

The rally involves more than 700 entrants and is produced by the SPX National Honor Society students working under the president/student director each year.

Open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders throughout the greater Houston area, MSAR participants may compete in oral competition in:

  • foreign language
  • on-site drawing
  • pre-submitted creative writing and art
  • academic tests in various disciplines

The annual rally culminates with the Significa! Tournament in which teams compete for their middle schools. Students and their schools earn medals and awards, gain competitive experience and meet talented scholars from many other schools.

2018 SPX MSAR Events and Forms (pdf)

Who to Contact

To learn more about participating or information about the event, please contact Nicholas Young at or Rachel Ware at

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  • Art
  • Calculator Applications
  • Creative Writing
  • English Test
  • Foreign Language Presentations
  • Mathematics Test
  • Number Sense
  • Science Test
  • Significa! Tournament
  • Social Studies Test
  • Spelling Test
  • Technology Test
  • Theology Test

Schedule of Events

Friday, February 2, 2018

All times are approximate and may be adjusted.

2:30-3 p.m.Check-In (Student Entrance)
3:15-4:15 p.m.On-Site Drawing (All Grades)
4:30 p.m.Foreign Language Presentations
7:00 p.m.Close of Foreign Language Presentations & Pre-Rally Events

Saturday, February 3, 2018

All times are approximate and may be adjusted.

7:30-8 a.m.Check-In (Student Entrance)
8:05 a.m.Introduction/Welcome/Prayer (Auditorium)
8:30 a.m.Spelling Test  (Auditorium) Clipboard and #2 pencil or black pen required*
9:15 a.m.Number Sense (Blue Pens Only) No Calculators
9:30 a.m.Calculator (Pencils/Calculators are NOT provided)
10:15 a.m.Social Studies Test
11:00 a.m.Mathematics Test (No calculators allowed!)
12:15 p.m.English Test
1:00 p.m.ScienceTest
1:45 p.m.Theology Test
2:30 p.m.Technology Test
 Lunch Break

3:15 p.m.

Significa! Tournament prelims and semifinals**

5:00 p.m.

Significa! Finals (Auditorium)

5:30 p.m.

Rally Conclusion


*Spectators are not allowed in classrooms during testing or during Significa preliminary and semi-final rounds.

**Significa! Teams should be ready to compete from 2:45-3:00.

**STUDENTS may not be in Significa! Tournament rooms at any time without an adult sponsor present! 


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