Awards and Accomplishments
National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Awards
Saint Agatha School has been awarded the National Blue
School of Excellence Award first in 1985, then again in
2000 and for a third time in 2015, making Saint Agatha the
only Catholic School in the Columbus Diocese to have
received the honor three times.
Saint Agatha offers art class to students K-8. Our students
expand their imagination by exploring mediums of creative
expression in art and craft which includes pottery, painting,
papier mache, to name a few. Selective works of art are
displayed annually in the Upper Arlington Elementary and
Middle School Arts Exhibit. Exceptional middle school works
are displayed at the Bishop Watterson High School Feeder
School Arts Show. In 2016 Annie Martinsek, class of 2017,
won the Best of Show blue ribbon award, the top award.
Battle of the Books (BOB)
Saint Agatha School’s BOB team consists of seventh and
eighth grade students who are dedicated to reading a total of
84 selective books during the school year. Each student reads
an average of 14 books, and is expected to comprehend
author’s name and title by questions of setting and character
titles. Most of the diocesan schools participate. Saint Agatha
School earned second place in 2015 and 2016.
Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication Regional
Saint Agatha Middle School is proud to participate in the
Scripps National Spelling Bee in the regional finalist
competition. The winner of the bee moves on to the National
Spelling Bee. We are proud of our two most recent regional
participants: Julie Jacko in 2016 and Jean Luc La Pierre in 2017.
The Geography Bee is an annual competition organized by
the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and
reward students' curiosity about the world. Students in
grades 5-8 compete in a school level bee that gives them the opportunity to take a qualifying test for the State Geography
Bee. Saint Agatha is proud of Arman Mastropietro (2017) and Gordon Petrie (2018) for their participation in multiple
State Geography Bees.
The Ohio Academy of Science - State Science Day
Saint Agatha School has earned the Harold C. Shaw
Outstanding School Award four times, most recently in 2015.
This award is earned by schools that have at least four
students entered and 80% earn “Superior” rating. We also
earned the award in 1997, 1999 and 2004.
The Ohio Academy of Science - District Science Day
Saint Agatha School has earned the Central District Science
Day School Award seven times, most recently in 2017. This
award is earned by schools of which 80% of students receive
a “Superior” rating. We also earned the award in 2005, 2007,
2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
National History Day (NHD) - National Participants
Students conduct historical research that leads to imaginative
exhibits, documentaries, original performances, websites and
scholarly papers. NHD reinforces classroom teaching by
rewarding students of all abilities for their scholarship,
individual initiative and cooperative learning.
In 2017, Jack Klingler ranked 8th at Nationals for his project on Dr. Seuss.
In the past 15 years, Saint Agatha had four projects named as
Alternates to Nationals: Christopher Haas 2004, Peter Merkle
and Andrew Fenlon 2008, Grace Beckman and Lily Kreber
2012, and John Kaelber and Max Pesta 2016.
Lizzie Jackson 2011 advanced to Nationals for her exhibit on
“The Little Rock Nine” and Carolyn Neutzling and Logan
Paeglis 2015 advanced to Nationals for their website on
Susan B. Anthony.