During the first weekend in March, 10 students from Sts. Simon & Jude School will be participating in the Diocesan Academic Decathlon. After several years of success and a very positive experience under the leadership of Mrs. Karen Cooper and Mrs. Monica Michalak (with the assistance of several SSJ faculty), our students are eagerly looking forward to it again. The Academic Decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6 through 8, and has grown to become a statewide event involving Catholic junior high students from across the United States. There are ten events. Two are collaborative team efforts – a logic quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of the Roman Catholic doctrine, English, Literature, Science, Mathematics, Current Events, Social Studies and Fine Arts. Awards are given for individual and team performance. Last year, our Decathletes were awarded 14 medals for their extraordinary efforts, including FIRST PLACE in the areas of English and math!
As Catholic school educators, we affirm that each young person entrusted to our care has been endowed by God with marvelous intellectual gifts and talents. The Academic Decathlon strives to bring forth some of those academic talents and celebrate them in the context of spirit-filled competition. We are excited to introduce the members of the 2015-2016 SSJ Decathlon Team, and we wish them well as they continue to prepare for this challenge!
- Benjamin Le — Current Events
- Brian Lawhead — Religion
- Connor Bogart — Fine Arts
- Colin Weaver – Math & Logic Captain
- Savannah Buyan — English
- Patrick McCormick – Literature & Super Quiz Captain
- Meghan Le — Science
- Katherine Wieland — Social Studies
- Teresa Pham and Mila Tran – Members-at-Large
Good luck to all of our Decathletes!