The Vincent Massey Collegiate Reach for the Top team won the silver medal at the recent provincial tournament, qualifying them for the national championship in Toronto next week.
Reach for the Top is an academic competition that began 52 years ago as a CBC game show. It involves teams of high school students competing against one another answering questions on a variety of difficult subjects. Reach for the Top requires knowledge, speed, strategy, discipline, and commitment.
The Manitoba region had over 30 teams competing this year and Vincent Massey went into the provincial championship with an astonishing undefeated season record of 17 to 0. They will now represent Manitoba and compete against other provinces to become the national champions.
Each year several hundred teams from across Canada face off against each other at the league level, the provincial level, and finally the national level, with ultimate goal to win the national championship trophy.
This year’s Vincent Massey team includes Elsie Tellier, Kieran Labossiere, Kiersten McLeod, William Harrison, Charlie Grimshaw and Mike Bagamery. Coaches are Dr. Marshall Carroll, Terry Klapak and Martin Balcaen.
Vincent Massey’s Reach for the Top team was recognized for their tremendous accomplishment by James Allum, MLA Fort Garry – Riverview outside the Manitoba Legislature on May 16.
This is the first time that a Pembina Trails school has ever made it to the national finals. They are seeking funding so the team can travel to Toronto from May 24 to 27.