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2015-2016 Academic Decathlon Results

15-16 Acadeca Team

 

2015/2016 Academic Decathlon Team

The school year of 2015-2016 was the 21st year Lourdes Central Catholic High School has competed in Academic Decathlon.  A team of 13 students (12 participants and 1 Aquatic Engineer) spent the school year researching and learning about the history, culture, art, music, economics, literature, and biology of the country of India.

The Lourdes Central Catholic Academic Decathlon team for 2015-2016 featured Honors Students Marissa Galardi (Junior), Emmanuel Encina-Garcia (Junior), Nicole Green (Sophomore), and Halli Whitten (Sophomore).  Scholastic students were Patrick O’Neil (Junior), Maddie Daly (Junior), Gabby Ragland (Senior), and Tristian Peter (Sophomore).  Varsity students were Victoria Gress (Junior), Charlie Vasa (Senior), Jack Bakula (Junior), and Kaseandra Martinez (Sophomore).  Jackson Essor (Junior) was the team’s Aquatic Engineer.

The team competed at Regionals in January and at the State level in February.  The top scoring students in each section (Honors, Scholastic, and Varsity) received gold, silver, or bronze medals.   Each team member earned at least two individual medals at Regionals, with three team members (Patrick O’Neil, Tristian Peter, and Charlie Vasa) earning six total individual medals, the highest amount possible.  As a team, the Lourdes Central Catholic students placed first at Regionals, boosting them into the State Competition in February.

At State, Marissa Galardi was the top scorer for the Lourdes team and brought home three individual medals, including golds for Language/Literature and Interview.  Charlie Vasa earned a gold medal in Math.  As an alternate, Tristian Peter brought home a gold in Humanities, which combines Art and Music.

In the closing ceremonies of the State Competition, the Lourdes Central Catholic Academic Decathlon team was declared the Very Small School winner of the 2015-2016 Nebraska Academic Decathlon.  The Very Small School and the Small School categories were combined for final calculations and Lourdes finished second out of those two categories.

Preparations for the 2016-2017 Academic Decathlon began within weeks of the State Competition.  The theme for 2016-2017 is World War 2.

The Lourdes Central Catholic Academic Decathlon team is coached by Tammy Partsch and assisted by Tom Dinville.  In the past 21 years, the Lourdes Academic Decathlon teams have earned nine state championships and placed as runners-up four times.

Nebraska has participated in the nationally-sanctioned Academic Decathlon since 1983.  Approximately 65 schools throughout the state compete, ranging from very small schools to large metropolitan schools and including both public and private schools.  Teams are formed based on grade point averages; each team must have an equal number of ‘A’ students, ‘B’ students, and ‘C’ students participate.

2014-2015 Academic Decathlon

AcaDeca Team at Regionals

2014-2015 Academic Decathlon Team News

Lourdes Central Catholic High School recently competed at Regionals for the Nebraska Academic Decathlon.  Participating students came home with 38 medals and the champion trophy in the Extra-Small Schools Division. They will advance to the State Competition to be held February 20-21 at the University of Omaha campus. This year’s theme is “New Alternatives in Energy: Ingenuity and Innovation.

Top scoring students in each section (Honors Students, Scholastic Students, and Varsity Students) received gold, silver, or bronze medals.   Katie O'Neil was named Top Scorer and won 4 Golds, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze. Marissa Galardi won 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze. Nick Shawhan won six  gold medals, Patrick O'Neil won 1 Silver and 3 Bronzes, Anna Loseke won 1 Gold and 1 Silver, Maddie Daly won 1 Bronze, Andrew O'Shea won 1 Gold and 3 Bronzes, Charlie Vasa won 3 Golds, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze, Victoria Gress won 2 Silvers, Jack Bakula won 2 Golds and 3 Silvers. The Lourdes Academic Decathlon team is coached by Tammy Partsch and assisted by Tom Dinville and Jacob Staroscik.

Nebraska has participated in the nationally-sanctioned Academic Decathlon since 1983.  Approximately 65 schools throughout the state compete, ranging from very small schools to large metropolitan schools and including both public and private schools.  Teams are formed based on grade point averages; each team must have an equal number of ‘A’ students, ‘B and “C” students.

Coaches

Tammy Partsch (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Tom Dinviile (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Jacob Staroscik (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

2012-13 Academic Decathlon a Success!

2012-13 Team

The Lourdes Academic Decathlon Team  has qualified every year to compete at the state level since its inception at the school 18 years ago, and for the past 13 years has been the State Champion nine times and Runner-Up three times. In addition to medals and trophies, students also earn scholarship money if the team places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at Regionals and again at State. Over the years students from Lourdes have been awarded over $70,000 for their efforts.  At state finals this year and last year, the team placed 2nd overall out of all classes, beating all large schools except Creighton Prep in the competition. They also won the Super Quiz for small schools and tied with Pius X for the 2nd overall highest score in that subject area. Total individual medal counts were 37 gold, 22 silver and 13 bronze.

The Lourdes Central Catholic team has yet another accolade to add to their years of success. As a “wild card” team they were invited to travel to Minneapolis to compete in April of 2013 against the state champions and other high ranking wild card teams from across the nation. Competing in Division III (“small schools” with a high school population of 750 and under), the Lourdes team - by far the smallest team at Nationals with just 91 in the high school - secured a 4th place finish for their efforts.

award Mrs Harris

Mrs. Diana Harris, Mrs. MaryAnn Liesemeyer, and Ms. Molly Reuland have coached the Lourdes team for many years.