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Academic Decathlon Wins State


The Lourdes Central Catholic Academic Decathlon team achieved a first place finish in the Very Small Schools Division at the Nebraska Academic Decathlon State Final on February 19-20.  The 12-member team earned 17 individual medals and also placed first in the Small Schools Super Quiz.  Team members include: seniors Charlie Vasa and Gabby Ragland; juniors Marissa Galardi, Emmanuel Encina-Garcia, Patrick O'Neil, Maddie Daly, Victoria Gress, Jack Bakula, and Jackson Esser; and sophomores Nicole Green, Halli Whitten, Tristian Peter, and Kaseandra Martinez.  The team is coached by Tammy Partsch and Tom Dinville.


This is the 21st year of Academic Decathlon at Lourdes.  The participating members begin studying in the summertime and give up their study hall to meet daily during the school year.  They learn the fundamentals of Art, Music, Language, Math, Science, and Economics and are also required to learn specifics about each category, plus Social Sciences, related to a central theme.  The theme for 2015-2016 was "India."  Students are also graded on how well they write an essay, give a prepared and an impromptu speech, and sit for an interview.