Students from 47 public schools throughout the tri-county area battled for top honors at the 27th annual Quest Academic Competition held at Trident Technical College.

Students participated in four levels of competition: Level I, grade 6; Level II, grades 7-8; Level III, grades 9-10; and Level IV, grades 11-12.

Students competed and earned points in team competitions in math, science and social studies, and in individual competitions in composition, public speaking and visual arts.

Schools whose students earned the most total points won overall awards at each level.

Special competitions that did not contribute points toward the overall awards were held in automotive, computer aided design, computer programming, culinary, engineering design and construction, French, Spanish, video/film and welding.

Overall awards were given to 14 schools.

Level I: Rollings Middle School of the Arts won first place, Alston Middle placed second and Cane Bay Middle, Moultrie Middle and Oakbrook Middle schools tied for third place.

Level II: Thomas C. Cario Middle took top honors, Rollings Middle School of the Arts placed second and Laing Middle School of Science & Technology placed third.

Level III: Academic Magnet High School won first place, Summerville High placed second and Stratford High placed third.

Level IV: Ashley Ridge High won first place, Wando High placed second and Academic Magnet took third place.

Approximately 1,200 students participated in this year’s Quest. The competition was developed by TTC to promote academic excellence, provide an academic challenge to students, and recognize top students, teachers and schools.

For the second consecutive year, Quest received a major boost thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund at Tides Foundation.

For a complete list of team and individual winners, go to postandcourier.com.