The Outstanding Senior award is presented to those graduating seniors who give of themselves to promote the spirit of Academic Games, exhibit the highest qualities of character and sportsmanship, and have enviable competitive records. Recipients of the award are presented a gold Thinker and a small monetary gift during the closing ceremony of the national tournament.
The two seniors from NOAGL were nominated as a pair and received the award together. That is fitting, since the two of them worked “tirelessly” all year long as a team, both at their school, Mount Carmel Academy, and with the NOLA Homeschoolers who they coached in their spare time. The girls also volunteered their time to help at Elementary and Middle Division tournaments in the local league, never missing a competition. One person described them as “the two most active members of the New Orleans Academic Games League, especially in terms of service,” which cannot be disputed. Besides coaching their team and younger students in the league, they have helped their school’s moderator build up the Academic Games club to sustain the program for its future members. In his nomination, their moderator described the girls as “selfless”, “impeccable leaders” who have a “contagious, altruistic love for the games.” Every one of their teammates and even Academic Games alumni from other schools have no doubt in their minds that Margaret “Maggie” Dowling and Taylor Glorioso deserve to be called “outstanding.”