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Academic Decathlon Succeeds at Nationals

posted Jun 9, 2012, 11:25 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Jun 10, 2012, 7:52 PM ]
Posted in Campus 

By Lance Bird 


The stage had been set. Mr. Dierking had gathered the team in his classroom. Room 104: our second home. Stalling until the entire team had joined us, he calmed our nerves with phrases like "It was a great year" and "There was some tough competition this year." Once the last decathletes and Mr. Moran had entered the room, he broke the news to us; we had placed second in the nation for the Medium-Sized School Division. The next few seconds were a blur of hugs, high fives, and shouts of victory. We had done it; we had placed nationally! 

Just two weeks before this joyous occasion, on April 27th, the entire team gathered at school before 7 o' clock in the morning to begin national testing. Because all the teams competing were taking the same tests, we all had to begin at the same time. We had begun testing in Music, Math, Physics, Literature, Economics, and History. It was a bittersweet moment for us all once we were done. The final round of testing was a welcome respite from our unending season. However, I now wish it could have continued. 

For team seniors Lance Bird, Andrew Evans, Jeremy Koch, Delfin Acosta, and Adam Fossier, the occasion is especially powerful. "This is truly awesome. I'm so glad that we could come together and do this. I'm going to miss these guys next year," says second-year decathlete Jeremy Koch. While the team results are known, individual scores have not yet been released and are eagerly awaited by all of the team members. Through hard work and long hours, the Academic Decathlon team has once again proudly competed for St. Francis High School and is proud that it could win this title for the school.