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The Challenges and Celebrations of Senior Year

posted Oct 17, 2012, 1:23 AM by Golden Knight

 Posted in Campus

 By J.D. Kieffer 

10/15/12 
 The class of 2013 has and will face continuing difficulties as well as surprises as it enters its final years at St. Francis High School.College applications, football season, and the demanding rigors of academic life are just a few of the challenges the class must overcome. In addition, before long, the inevitable “Senioritis” is bound to set in (the impossible-to-reverse decline in motivation that many high school seniors face as they get closer to graduation). This is also the time, however, where we, the seniors of  St. Francis, discover who we are, who we were meant to be, and our purpose in the unscripted and winding path of life.

    We have a sense of obligation, amidst all of these challenges, however. We are obligated to express ourselves at school. This is our chance. Our very own chance to leave a mark on St. Francis High School. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, it is vital that we, as seniors, stay committed to our goals. Colleges will be expecting consistency and our reputations depend on it. Indeed, it is an opportunity that allows us one last chance to show everyone who we really are. We do not want to be the “senior who gave up on senior year” and failed to try his best. We want to seize the moment and reap every fruit that this last year has to offer.

    Take sports for instance. This is the last year that most of us will ever dribble, run, or swing the bat in an organized setting. Making the most of this year entails giving every inch of effort we have left. It means that we will have nothing left to give at the end of the year. That is how we should approach everything during our last year.

    On the other hand, we need to do everything we can to become involved in our school community. In other words, we need to “live it up.” That means going to every football game, taking a risk, and striving to learn as much about ourselves as possible. We need to stay together, united as Golden Knights and the Class of 2013.

A Visit That Was Out Of This World

posted Oct 17, 2012, 1:09 AM by Golden Knight

 By Joseph Nofal 

 10/15/12
 Friday, September 21, Saint Francis High School and people all over California were in for a treat. The space shuttle, the Endeavor, took its last flight after many years of service to its nation. The Endeavor is a recently retired Space Orbiter from NASA. It was the fifth and last NASA shuttle to be built. It was originally built as a replacement for Challenger, which was destroyed 73 seconds after its launch on January 28, 1986. The Endeavor flew on missions for 19 years before finally retiring in May 2011. Saint Francis had the great honor to be under it as it soared for the last time. The suspense in the morning, the excitement throughout the school, and the never-ending wait for lunch to come cultivated into an abundance of exhilaration. When lunch finally arrived everyone was looking up. All the students were saying is “Do you see it yet?” or “When is it coming?” All of a sudden the crowds heads turned.  Following their movement, I spotted a dot followed by smoke in the distance, so small one could barely distinguish it.  Disappointed, I walked over to my next class and waited outside. I waited there with some friends for fifteen more minutes before I finally realized lunch was running rather late. Certainly, that small dot couldn’t have been the great shuttle everybody had been talking about.  Then all of a sudden, I saw people running as fast as they could toward the field. I eventually followed and found that the quad was surprisingly empty. Then I heard a chant proclaiming, “USA, USA, USA.” Following the chant, I found nearly the whole student body on the North side of the campus staring at the most breathtaking site. The shuttle had arrived. I could not have imagined it any better. It was larger than I could have dreamed, louder than I was expecting, and more magnificent than I could have hoped. It circled around a few times as my peers took pictures, videos or just ran under it in the hope to look at it for as long as possible. This was no ordinary day at St. Francis High School to say the least. It was a moment that I think all of us will remember for a long time.  I hope it had as big of an impact on other people as it had on us. 

Leadership Camp

posted Oct 17, 2012, 12:33 AM by Golden Knight

  By Brett Feehan
 
  10/15/12    
Saint Francis Student Council and ASB members attended a leadership camp this past summer. The camp was conducted by The Leadership Academy, a program that is designed to help groups specialize in certain areas in order to positively affect their own community. The program was three days long, consisting of several lectures and activities to help build a sense of leadership and teamwork. Leadership is the idea of organizing a group of people in order to complete a common task, and teamwork is the work done by all the people involved in the task.
    Saint Francis High School was among six other schools from the Orange County area. Each school had a common goal, to help better their own programs and promote the message of their choice. However, each school had different methods of achieving their goal. Each day consisted of "Classroom Sessions," where students engaged in physical activities as well as social conversations. Each session had a different focal point, ultimately contributing to the final session. The task at hand was to design a service learning project. A service learning project “is a method of instruction in which classroom learning is enriched and applied through service to others." 
    On the second to last day several hours were spent on deciding what project the Saint Francis community should focus on. The possibilities were as followed: assisting humane societies, developing on campus tutoring, providing meals for the homeless on certain dates, volunteering at a veterans hospital, and lastly, partnering with Children's Hospital and their patients. Each idea was feasible, but some were more ambitious and seemed to present a more positive result. The members decided to partner with Children's Hospital mostly because of the personal experience that could be made possible when students met with ill patients.
    The final part of the project was proposing the idea through a video. It had to be a two-minute feature discussing who we are, what we plan to accomplish, how we plan to accomplish it, and what the result would be. We had 3 major events that we planned to accomplish. First, invite the patient to a sports event and declare him honorary team captain. Second, invite the patient to a sports rally and allow him to participate in games. Lastly, invite the patients' family and friends to a movie night held on campus at Saint Francis High School. Our ultimate goal was to help fulfill the dreams of patients at Children's Hospital, and the members of Student Council and ASB felt that they could make all these dreams come true.
     The last part of the project is left to the students. It is if the students can complete all the tasks, meet deadlines, and most importantly, obtain some sort of positive experience by being a part of this event. As the school year continues, student council members actively work on projects. Projects that not only better the lives of students on campus, but also of the members of the community.

The Burnt Part Boys Preview

posted Oct 16, 2012, 11:38 PM by Golden Knight



 By Casey Shatraw 

 10/16/12
 St. Francis High School has always been known for its highly anticipated fall and spring theater productions, and this is mainly because it is blessed to have a talented director, a hardworking cast, and an enormous amount of community support. The plays never disappoint, and always introduce new provocative topics for the audience. The productions also amplify the Franciscan values that make the school unique. This fall, St. Francis brings us yet another musical production that is sure to please and enrich the mind and heart. The Burnt Part Boys will be the featured production, and I personally cannot wait to see what they have to offer. I caught up with Brady DeMattei, a junior who has been in theater since his freshman year, to give us a preview of what the fall production will be about.

What is The Burnt Part Boys about?

            The Burnt Part Boys is about a poor coal-mining town in 1962 West Virginia, and is centered around Pete, whose father was killed in a coal mining accident along with other miners. The area where the remnants of the coal mind is located is called the Burnt Part. The company, which owns the mine, goes back on its promise to never reopen the mine. This place is considered a sacred place to Pete because his father’s remains are still there. He is also angered because his older brother, Jake, has been promoted to work at this mine. Pete, along with his friend Dusty, and later the runaway, Frances, set off to blow up the mine with dynamite stolen from Jake’s mining equipment. This forces Jake and his friend Chet to go after Pete.

What role do you have in this play?

            I play the role of Roy Tinns. He is one of the younger miners who does not have any children unlike many of the other miners whom he died with. I also make an appearance as a manly chorus member in the Davy Crockett song as one of two basses.

What will separate this play from any other plays you’ve been involved in at St. Francis?

            The main difference with this production when compared with the past productions I have been in is that it is the first bluegrass/country musical in SFHS theatre history. Also, this is the first production that I have been in that has been set in America. In the past I’ve been in Assisi (Troubadour), a French-like provincial town (Beauty and the Beast), a tropical island (Lord of the Flies), and Paris (Phantom of the Opera), but this is the first American setting for me personally.

Are there any new challenges you and the cast will face in pulling off this production, in terms of the play itself?

            The biggest challenge is probably going to be the style and rhythm that country music has. I think I speak on behalf of the entire cast when I say that the rhythm with the songs is the most challenging thing so far; but I know we have it down. For me personally, I think the biggest challenge will be the harmonies. There are a lot of dissonant notes that when sung correctly, sound fantastic and will even send shivers down your spine; but when one person sings them incorrectly, (which is me a lot of the time) it can have quite the opposite effect. Harmony has given me problems in the past and is just something I need to work hard on.

            St. Francis’ production of the Burnt Part Boys sounds like another exciting and thought provoking play that I am looking forward to. It will be interesting to see all of the cast members, new and returning, work together to make something memorable in the school’s theater history. Make sure to get your tickets as soon as they go on sale, because we all know how fast they sell out!

 

Boys’ State

posted Oct 16, 2012, 11:27 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Oct 16, 2012, 11:32 PM ]



By Ricardo De La Torre 

10/15/12
I attended the seventy-fifth session of the American Legion California Boy’s State held at California State University Sacramento, California. The objective of Boys’ State is to educate the youth of the United States about city, county, and state level government, and to encourage them to participate in them. The American Legion, which sponsors Boys’ State, seeks “to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism,” as stated in the Preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion. In order to accomplish these goals, delegates are left in charge of assembling and operating the “mock” state of California for a week. The experience offers the delegates of Boys’ State a true insight into how the government works and what it means to be an American citizen. Through this experience the effectiveness, corruption, hypocrisy, and censorship of government were manifested.

     A true understanding of government develops after its assembly and operation. The city level government and its campaign maintained their purity because of strong personal influence of candidates upon voters. In essence, the city government was the most honest and effective. Representation was made possible through the close-knit community of city government, and the personal connections held between its members. If there were to be any integrity in the system, it vanished with the introduction of a common currency, the Philo. The state government was rampant with corruption because of the lack of personal contact between its government and people, and reliance upon the Philo. The delegates that held state or other high positions tended to be the most fraudulent because of their ambition, distance from the people they were to represent, and self-gratification. Therefore, the Philo inadvertently engendered separation between the government and its people and facilitated corruption, proving to be detrimental to the democratic process. Perhaps this is a valid representation of the government of the United States.  Ironically, some of the most prized aspects of American Society, such as individualism and free enterprise, proved to hinder the integrity and effectiveness of government.
    Boys’ State is restricted in its ability to run a secular mock government by the American Legion, since sponsorship by the American Legion means an inclusion of religious rituals. The first two words of the Preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion are “for God.” The General Assemblies opened and closed with a prayer from a Catholic priest. The purpose of Boys’ State, however, is not to unify Church and State, but to emphasize government participation. The American Legion also promotes an immense amount of nationalism. The voice of the individual was extinguished by the chanting of “U.S.A!” at the General Assemblies. This overwhelming nationalism censored the thought, expression, and action of many delegates. The newspaper experienced censorship as well, but the encouragement and support from the former delegates present proved to gain enough leverage for the voicing of opposition. Although nationalism was never detested in the newspaper, the rejection of opening and closing prayer and the expression of other important issues were publicized. The limitations imposed by the American Legion may have negative consequences, but they also serve as an accurate representation of the struggles within the governmental process. Thus, Boys’ State accomplishes its mission of offering delegates an accurate experience of government. 

The Knight Life Experience

posted Jun 9, 2012, 11:58 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Aug 26, 2012, 2:02 AM ]

By Antonio Canzona

6/9/12

My first encounter with the original blog of this student newspaper is still unbelievably vivid. I was amazed at the effort that the students placed in writing articles with no grade based benefit. The quality of the articles was outstanding, but the only thing that bothered me was how poorly they were presented on a free blog. I saw this as the perfect opportunity to use my website building skills  for the benefit of this cause. Without even having been acquainted with the founder and president (Christian Romo), I simply walked up to him one day and asked him if he liked the idea of having a new website for the club. As I explained a little more of what I could do, he gave me the confirmation to proceed, and that day, after school, I went so far as to gaining the ownership of the domain (sfhsknightlife.com) along with designing the site. I also began to manually re-post every single article that was on the blog site. Within a week, I did all the finishing touches and the full transition was complete. I taught Christian all the basic skills he needed to post publications and maintain the site, and just like that, it became the new official site for the student newspaper.

Articles kept pouring in on a regular basis just as it did in the blog. I felt happy that I could contribute in a positive fashion, but I never really considered myself to be part of the club. I simply thought my work was expendable, and that it would just be a one time job. I was content with this notion because I never liked to read, write, edit, or do anything pertaining to journalism. The only talent I saw in myself was having the ability of providing a technical aspect which would heighten the legitimacy of the paper and hopefully help drive more students to write.

At the time, the last thing on my mind was to join the student newspaper. I believed that since I didn’t read or write much, I lacked the proper terminology and creativity needed to convey my thoughts and feelings. This lack of experience used to sharply downgrade my confidence in the field of writing. Because of this critical self assessment, I was more than satisfied to just sit on the side lines and watch the growth and success of the club. I felt that I have reached my limit of participation and that I had completed what was asked of me, and that was it.

As the year started coming to an end, I quickly realized that there would be variance with what I hoped the club would become .The only other contributing writer who was not a graduating senior was a sophomore, and with regard to the wishes of the founder, this paper was entirely student-run, and had no aid from teachers or moderators in getting students to write. With knowing that the sophomore would be passed down the title of President, I knew that I would be the only other option of being Vice President. During this period of time, I strongly believed that I was ill qualified for the position, and would be totally inept. I, without a doubt, had strong respect for all the effort that was put into this paper by the class of 2011. I could tell that they had the intent of building a lasting legacy, and I really wanted it to continue. I simply saw the future partnership of the sophomore and me as a recipe for failure. As a panic response, I desperately tried to find another student who I thought would fit for the job and could take my place, or even the place of President, in hopes that he would provide connections with other competent students who could write and contribute as well. My scramble was no use; the students who I went to were already committed to other extracurricular activities and had full schedules.

The title of VP was dragged upon me, but I made it clear to the sophomore (Robert Farewell – the current junior President) that I was not going to write articles. He freely accepted my will, and decided to use me as the website coordinator since I was the only one who knew how to publish, edit the site, and promote the club. This job included gathering articles from writers and finding ways of getting the club noticed by all the students of St. Francis. Before the beginning of the next year, Robert and I had continuously discussed many of the plans and strategies that we needed to execute in order to ensure a successful year. We had gotten more acquainted with each other and I could not have been more wrong with how I prejudged Robert; he had just as much and if not, more enthusiasm than I had with the continuation of this paper.

As the 2011-2012 school year started, I must admit that we went off on a really slow start. We managed to get a couple articles in for the first publication, and after Robert reviewed and sent them to me to publish, I was a little skeptical with the content that the articles held. I did not fully trust that Robert was as great of an editor as Christian was, so I gave it a glance and sure enough I found a few simple errors. I notified Robert about some changes that I suggested, and he, without opposition, accepted my corrections for the publication. In that instant, Robert gave me the job of a main editor to confirm all the articles with corrections before publications. I reluctantly accepted this job because I knew that it would give me more work, but if it was for the betterment of the paper, I did not have a choice. It was through this incident by which I discovered that I was not completely useless in the publication process and it boosted my confidence in this regard. Robert and I formed a good team where he would correct the articles for their content and I would find minor hiccups and move a few words around to make sentences “sound more correct.”

Running the newspaper was almost like starting from scratch, since only the two of us were rebuilding the club. I found it tremendously difficult to receive articles from students, and I was constantly wondering how the previous leaders accomplished this task. I even got in contact with Christian online and asked him how he managed to do this. This is my exact question, and his exact response:


Me: hey! It’s been a while... I would like to know how you effectively got people to write articles on a consistent basis... as you can see we only published 9 articles this school year, and need to find ways to get more people involved

Christian: well, I guess the best way is to lead by example, have the leaders write a lot of the articles themselves, then find people who can be as dedicated as you guys. Otherwise, you’ll just have to find your own way through it


By this time, I haven’t yet garnered up the courage needed to induce myself in writing my own articles, so I completely ignored what he said and continued on with my usual strategy of nagging and insisting students to submit prewritten essays. Looking back at this, I definitely agree with Christian’s response. The only reason why I felt compelled to get involved in the first place was by example of the leaders.

In examining my experience with Knight Life, I encourage everyone to use your talents and never be afraid of providing service to anything you believe that you can give assistance to, even if you do not hold much interest for the cause. It is through this process by which you open new doors, reveal hidden talents, and discover yourself. I am involved in stage crew, and I have no interest in pursuing a career in the theater business. I am in the robotics team, but I do not want to become an engineer. I am a member of the student newspaper, and I definitely do not want to get into journalism; yet, here I am, writing my first and last article as a contribution to the club. In Christian Romo’s last contributing article for Knight Life, he said “once we learn to see ourselves from a different perspective, we start recognizing the important aspects to get out of our high school experience.” Personally, this experience instilled in me more confidence in holding leadership positions. These experiences should be different for everyone but the time is ticking, get involved while you still can, you just might miss the opportunity to be part of something big.

Festival of the Arts: The Journey

posted Jun 9, 2012, 11:25 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Jun 11, 2012, 2:13 PM ]

By Casey Shatraw

6/9/12

There comes a time in everyone’s life where one of the biggest transitions needs to be made. This transition isn’t a matter of choice or personal motivation; it is physical and emotional process where one takes the next big step in life. Graduation is an exciting and scary reality. By looking ahead into the future, one can be excited for the next chapter in life. College, starting a career, meeting new people, and the transition to adulthood are all major steps involved in graduation. On the downside, graduation can be very emotionally devastating in different instances such as, leaving behind all of the innocent memories at school, and with friends, teachers, and family. Overall graduating from high school or even graduation in general is a very exciting and delicate topic. Not only does one need to look ahead, but one also needs to look behind, and examine the journey needed to get ahead. This is why the Festival of the Arts play titled, 
The Journey is the perfect example of how important it is to examine the past.

The play focused on a wide variety of concepts all pointing towards the importance of the past. The play stressed how significant the journey is as compared to the destination, and it did this by performing various scenes from various plays, each as a metaphor for the challenges and situations everyone faces during their lifetime, or more specifically, their high school career. During Act 1 many scenes, like one from The School of Rock, for example, show high school innocence and the relationships one has with their friends and teachers. This was a scene that was included because the relationships that are established and the innocent and comedic situations that one needs to get accustomed to are a part of the high school journey. Other scenes that include Picasso and Einstein, The Odd Couple, and Reality or Not…Desert Island, show the concept of the journey in a way that is educational, stressful, and even reminds us not to get lost along the way. All of the scenes in Act 1 stress and amplify the overall importance of the journey but more specifically the importance of examining many of the bumps that one faces along the way, whether it be having a stressful relationship, opportunities to show academic excellence, or even providing one self with a reality check of their own.

Act 2 of the play showed more plays that exemplified the journey in different ways. Billy ElliotRomeo and Juliet, and even Hamlet, showed the difficulties of the journey. The Billy Elliot example shows that life can get difficult when one’s own journey doesn’t run parallel with another, even if that someone is your own father. The Romeo and Juliet scene engaged with love and peer pressure, and the tough choices that people make for others, ultimately affecting the flow of their own journey. The scene from Hamlet, and even Death of a Salesman show how difficult the journey can be, but more importantly just how much better it can all become, with the closing song being “All These Things That I’ve Done,” by The Killers. The play itself also was engaged more in the journey because the very people who have experienced the journey performed in it, and it is by the very people who are graduating. It is performed in a very comedic fashion, with all the seriousness of life. A scene from Chapter Two has not only very well acted by members of the St. Francis community, but was the pinnacle the play’s main purpose. Chapter Two was beautifully portrayed, as it was the perfect example of life’s difficulties, and the power that we have to deal with them in our next chapter. The play mirrors the main theme, which is life after graduation, or in the case of the play, life after the passing of a wife, and the help and motivation a brother can provide. Chapter Two really emphasized the play in a way that really stood out, because it showed the power one has to deal with life, even if it seems impossible.

The purpose of the play was to not only stress how important looking at the past is in determining the future, but how important it is to reflect on the journey, and all the people and situations in it. It is these very moments that define who people are because you learn everything when you are young. You only go down the river once, and the sooner people realize how important their decisions are, the faster they will understand the future, and the journey they make to get there.

A Trip Downtown: CSI Reflection

posted Jun 9, 2012, 11:25 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Jun 10, 2012, 9:27 PM ]

By Delfin Acosta 

6/9/12

This service immersion experience was an eye‐opening one. Although I had gone on CSI (Christian Service Immersion) during last year’s spring break, I found that this one was equally as poignant. When driving in, the experience of seeing how the neighborhood would turn from bustling and prosperous to run‐ down was incredible. The stark contrast between those who are relatively wealthy and those who have nothing was made very clear as we passed through downtown. 

After we parked and began walking through the worn down streets, the reality of it all began to set in. Seeing the poverty and suffering from the van we were in was similar to watching something on TV, simply viewing something though a pane of glass, but never seeming very real. Yet, being outside with all the people asking me for a pair of socks (since I was carrying the box of socks), something so simple and taken for granted as a pair of socks, all those surreal illusions faded away. These were people, just like myself; people who, like the lady at the Manning Center said, have had similar hopes and dreams at my age. The lady there made it very clear, that the only difference between them and
 me was perhaps a bit of bad luck or misjudgment, losing a job, or some kind of run‐in with drugs. Yet, despite this gloomy, yet very real start to the day epitomized by the Manuel’s tour of Skid Row, hope also had its place in the day. Even during that tour, Manuel showed us the various organizations which offered 
help to people on skid row. 
Later, when we began our tour of the midnight mission, the brutality of the 
outside environment clashed with the hope of change within. Our tour guide’s story showed us that anyone can end up on Skid Row, and that we can help make a big difference in people’s lives.

As the day wrapped up, we went back to the vans and began going back to St. Francis.  The contrast between Skid Row and almost everything else that we see on a daily basis became evident once again. It was a huge reminder that we live in a time where we can choose to be blind or we can choose to see; yet, as Jesus said, we are called to be the city on the hill, every person a light to the world.  Over all, the day was a particularly personal reminder for me that service must be a part of my life.  It is the basic responsibility that I owe to every person on skid row along with the simple gift of compassion that everybody deserves.

Academic Decathlon Succeeds at Nationals

posted Jun 9, 2012, 11:25 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Jun 10, 2012, 12:22 AM ]

By Lance Bird

6/9/12

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.

Decathlon Advances to State

posted Feb 24, 2012, 12:36 PM by Golden Knight

By Lance Bird 

2/24/12 

After a tough loss last year, the Saint Francis Academic Decathlon team is back on top with their recent victory over Bishop Alemany High School. Defeating Bishop Alemany High School by quite a large margin, the Saint Francis team brought home a total of 73 medals and two trophies.

Honors decathlete, David Yoo, received two silver medals in math and speech. J.D. Kieffer, another Honors decathlete, received a gold medal in economics and a bronze medal in super quiz. Lance Bird, the third Honors decathlete and team captain, received gold medals in math, super quiz, speech, and interview; silver medals in art and language and literature; and a bronze medal in economics. In addition to these medals, Bird also placed as the highest scoring decathlete in the competition.

Jeremy Koch, one of the three Scholastic decathletes, received gold medals in math and economics; silver medals in art, language and literature, and science; and a bronze medal in music. Andrew Evans, another Scholastic decathlete, received a gold medal in interview; silver medals in language and literature, music, and super quiz; and a bronze medal in economics. Delfin Acosta, the third Scholastic decathlete received gold medals in music, super quiz, and science; silver medals in language and literature, math, speech, and economics; and a bronze medal in art.

Adam Fossier, the returning senior from the Varsity division, received gold medals in math, economics, and interview; and silver medals in language and literature, speech, and science. Matthew Ladwig, another Varsity decathlete, received gold medals in language and literature and super quiz; and bronze medals in art, speech, and economics. Michael Escueta, the third Varsity decathlete, received a gold medal in language and literature; silver medals in essay and economics, and a bronze medal in music.

Through their success in each of the ten categories and brilliant performance in the team super quiz, the Saint Francis Academic Decathlon team secured a position in the California State Academic Decathlon Competition. With just weeks before the competition, the decathletes are studying hard and preparing for the journey to come.

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