Academic Decathlon Team Named Overall Winner for Fifth Year In a Row
For the 5th year in a row, the team from St. Raymond School was the overall winner in the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Academic Decathlon competition. Students in grades 6-8 from thirteen schools competed in the Academic Decathlon held last weekend at St. Pius School in Redwood City. The competition includes two team events - a logic quiz with 20 thinking problems and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions covering five broad academic themes. St. Raymond School placed first in the super quiz and third in the logic quiz. There are also eight individual events testing knowledge of Roman Catholic doctrine, english, literature, science, mathematics, current events, social studies and fine arts. St. Raymond students placed in six of these eight events. Annika P. placed first in Religion, Sarah M. placed first in English, Alyssa T. placed first in Science, McKenna K. placed first in Fine Arts, Yaiza F. placed second in Current Events and Finnan M. placed third in Social Studies. Led by St. Raymond School teacher, Patrick Sullivan, the team members included 8th graders, Finnan M., Emily W. (Team Captain), Jack G. Sarah M., Alyssa T., and McKenna K., 7th graders, A. Fawcett, Annika P., Yaiza F., Mary S. and Anna T., and 6th graders Kara M., Nelson H. and Patrick B.
The Academic Junior High Decathlon strives to bring forth students' academic talents and celebrate them in the context of a spirit-filled competition. The five goals of the Decathlon are:
- to promote academic excellence
- to promote collaborative spirit and cooperative learning skills
- to promote logical and higher order thinking
- to recognize the contributions of parents, teachers, school administrators, and business and community members in supporting high standards for all students; and
- to celebrate the diversity, excellence, and tradition of Catholic schools.
What began as a tiny competition involving a handful of schools from the greater Los Angeles area has grown to become a nation-wide event involving Catholic junior high students from across the United States. St. Raymond School will now move on to the State Academic Decathlon competition in San Diego on April 28th. We are so proud of our St. Raymond School Academic Decathlon team and wish them the best at the State competition!