About 1,200 students from 42 tri-county public schools participated in the 28th annual Quest Academic Competition Saturday at Trident Technical College.

The competition was developed by TTC to promote academic excellence, provide an academic challenge to students, and recognize top students, teachers and schools. 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.

Twelve schools won overall awards:

Grade 6: Marrington Middle School of the Arts won first place. Cane Bay Middle School finished second, and Buist Academy for Advanced Studies earned third place.

Grades 7-8: Charleston County School of the Arts took top honors, while Alston Middle School and Buist Academy tied for second.

Grades 9-10: Academic Magnet High School won first place. Ashley Ridge High School placed second, and James Island Charter High School finished third.

Grades 11-12: Ashley Ridge High School won first place. Academic Magnet placed second and James Island Charter High School finished third.

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, horticulture, Spanish, video/film and welding.

Quest receives sponsorship funds from Google.