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17-18 Academic Decathlon

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The 2017-2018 Academic Decathlon team studied AFRICA. Team members included seniors James Mason, Tyler Mucha, Halli Whitten, Brittni Watkins, Kaseandra Martinez, and Nicole Green; juniors Ashley Baragary, Grant Draus, Chloe DuBois, and Cristian Watkins; and sophomores Luke Partsch and Cathy Shawhan.

At Regionals Competition in January, the Lourdes Central Catholic team placed FIRST in Very Small Schools, earning 63 individual medals (25 Gold, 26 Silver, 12 Bronze). James Mason was the Top Scorer for team and the Top Scorer (Honors Division) Overall. Luke Partsch was 2nd Place (Honors) Scorer Overall. For Scholastic students, Grant Draus was the Top Scorer Overall and Halli Whitten was 3rd Place Scorer Overall. In Varsity, Cristian Watkins was the Top Scorer Overall and Brittni Watkins was 2nd Place Overall – all those were in the Very Small Schools category.

Each Alternate also scored well at Regionals, with Ashley Baragary and Cathy Shawhan taking Top and 2nd Place Honors Overall, Tyler Mucha and Chloe DuBois taking Top and 2nd Place Scholastic Overall, and Kaseandra Martinez taking 3rd Place in Varsity Overall –again, for Very Small Schools.

At State Competition in February, the Lourdes team was crowned as VERY SMALL SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONS, earning 29 Individual Medals (9 Gold, 12 Silver, 8 Bronze). Again, the Top Scorer for the team was James Mason. James was also the Top Scorer Overall for Honors Students in the Very Small and Small Schools categories.
In addition, Grant Draus was the Top Scorer Overall for Scholastic Students (Very Small & Small Schools) and Tyler Mucha was the 3rd Place Scorer Overall for Scholastic Students (Very Small & Small Schools).

Because of our performance at State, we are invited to compete in Online Nationals Competition in April. In the Small Schools category (student population of 650 or under), we placed 5th in the nation, earning five individual medals! James Mason (Honors) earned a Silver in Essay. Tyler Mucha (Scholastic) earned Gold in Essay. Halli Whitten (Scholastic) earned Silver in Essay. Grant Draus (Scholastic) earned Gold in Literature and Bronze in Math.

This was the 34th year that Nebraska has participated in the United State Academic Decathlon program. Lourdes Central Catholic began its program in the mid-1990s and has made the trip to State every year since its inception. Students from all grade levels are tested across the curriculum under the umbrella of a theme that changes each year. The Nebraska Academic Decathlon is organized by the Optimists Club and is underwritten by Herb Lavigne Enterprises.

The 2018-2019 season began over the summer as prospective team members met weekly to discuss elements of the upcoming year. There are 22 students vying for 12 spots on the 2018-2019 team. The theme is THE 1960s.

The Lourdes Academic Decathlon team is coached by Tammy Partsch and Tom Dinville.

2016-2017 ACADEMIC DECATHLON TEAM

Once again, the Lourdes Central Catholic Academic Decathlon team proved that good things come in small packages. On February 17-18, 2017, the team, coached by Tammy Partsch and Tom Dinville, traveled to Creighton University in Omaha for the Nebraska Academic Decathlon State competition and walked away as the State Champions in the Very Small Schools category.

As a result of their placement, the Lourdes Central Catholic Academic Decathlon team has been invited to participate in the Online Small Nationals competition, which will pit them against other schools from around the country with a student population of less than 650 students. Lourdes’ current student population is 100.

As a team, the Lourdes students earned 29 total individual medals at the state level, including five Golds, 12 Silvers, and 12 Bronzes, and $5,090 in scholarship money.

In April of 2017, the team competed in the On-Line Nationals and came away with a tie for third place in the nation!

This was the 33rd year that Nebraska has participated in the United State Academic Decathlon program. Lourdes Central Catholic began its program in the mid-1990s and has made the trip to State every year since its inception. Students from all grade levels are tested across the curriculum under the umbrella of a theme that changes each year. The 2016-2017 theme was World War II. The Lourdes students learned of the theme at the end of last school year and began studying over the summer.  The Nebraska Academic Decathlon is organized by the Optimists Club and is underwritten by Herb Lavigne Enterprises.

The Lourdes Academic Decathlon team is coached by Tammy Partsch and Tom Dinville

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The 2016-2017 Lourdes Central Catholic Academic Decathlon team from front left: Grant Draus, Maddie Daly, Marissa Galardi, Halli Whitten, Nicole Green, Kaseandra Martinez, and Victoria Gress. From back row left, Coach Tom Dinville, Nate Harmel, Jack Bakula, James Mason, Jackson Esser, Emmanuel Encina-Garcia, Patrick O’Neil, and Coach Tammy Partsch. Not pictured is Tristian Peter.