2015-2016 Academic Decathlon Results
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.