Arendell Parrott Academy

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Arendell Parrott Academy At a Glance
Member of SO since
Best finish, regionals 1st, many times
Best finish, state 1st, 1995-2004, 2011
Best finish, nationals 2nd, 2001


Arendell Parrott Academy is a school in Kinston, North Carolina. They have won the Division B competion in North Carolina 11 times, 10 of which occured between 1995 and 2004.

History

Past Results
Year States Nationals
1995 1st 12th
1996 1st 26th
1997 1st 10th
1998 1st 14th
1999 1st 5th
2000 1st 3rd
2001 1st 2nd
2002 1st 3rd
2003 1st 14th
2004 1st 16th
2005
2006 2nd 26th
2007 2nd 26th
2008
2009
2010 2nd 17th
2011 1st 28th
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016 17th -

Glory Years

Arendell Parrott Academy had a string of dominance in North Carolina in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when they won the state championship 10 times in a row. From 1999 to 2002, they placed in the top 5 in nationals each year, peaking at 2nd in 2001, when they only lost to perennial power J.C. Booth Middle School by 96 points.

Later Struggles

In 2005, however, their reign suddenly came to an end as Davidson IB Middle School, which had placed ahead of Arendell in the previous national competition, upset them in the state finals. Jay M. Robinson Middle School finished a surprising second, leaving Arendell out of nationals for the first time in over a decade. They bounced back by placing second the next year, but they could not channel their previous success at nationals, placing a relatively low 26th. For years, they bounced between placing second and missing nationals as Davidson and Robinson alternated state titles, and it seemed that their years of glory had come to an end.

Resurgence

In 2011, however, Arendell reclaimed their spot as the best team in North Carolina. They beat out their rivals to become state champion for the first time in seven years, and they edged out new second-place winner Piedmont Middle School at nationals. Although they may not have placed in the top 10 as prior teams had done, this revival may incite an improvement in the team that could cause it to become a national force once again.