After playing academic games for one year at Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, Rachel Ribando Gros transferred to the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches LA (NACK-a-tish), over 275 miles away from the closest Academic Games League.
- Instead of joining a new club or team, Rachel brought academic games with her to her new school.
- During her junior and senior years, she recruited, organized, and trained students at her new school to compete in academic games. Some, like her, had played in a league in the New Orleans area, but others had never heard of academic games.
- On several occasions, Rachel organized trips for her team to compete in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish local tournaments.
Her efforts culminated each year in LSMSA students participating in the national tournament.