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2012 Outstanding Educator: Holly LaCoste
Holly LaCoste started the Academic Games program at St. Philip Neri School in Metairie LA twelve years ago. She did so because the school did not offer any extra-curricular activities for students who loved to learn.
Holly discovered some old Equations games in her classroom, learned to play, and started the club. Numbers increased, and she developed devoted members who continued playing in high school. She qualified students for Nationals the second year her school competed, and she has attended Nationals every year since. Although she’s had some help over the years, she has been the sole coach of the team for all four games played locally.
When choir and the drama club changed their meetings to the same days as Academic Games practices, she began coaching three days a week to give everyone the opportunity to participate. She always teaches her students that the most important part of Academic Games is having fun learning.
Holly generously helps other schools train their students, including high schools that her former players attend. Jordan Holmer, a 2012 Outstanding Senior, recalls an incident when he played at St. Philip that illustrates Holly’s concern for her players.
Down Memory Lane
Once upon a time in a land far, far away…no, once upon a time in the early years of Equations and On-Sets, each player could call a timeout once during the match. The timeout had to be called as soon as a shake ended and lasted one minute. During the timeout, all players could consult books, tables, notes, or people except another player involved in a shake. However, no notes, books, or tables could be brought back to the match.
Players often called timeout to walk around and clear their heads after a tough shake. They also utilized the timeout to stall while ahead in the match.