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Academic Decathlon Team Places 2nd in Regionals

posted Mar 25, 2011, 7:15 PM by Golden Knight

By Marc Magallanes


Under the watchful eyes of parents, coaches, and thirty other Academic Decathlon teams, Saint Francis’s team 1 achieved second place in the Division 1 regionals. Coach Dierking and captain Chris Ferro guided the team to success, but Alemany High School’s team 1 narrowly edged the Saint Francis team.

The two Saint Francis Academic Decathlon teams visited Alemany High School on February 5th to complete the two-part Academic Decathlon competition, which began on January 29th. The theme for this year’s competition was the Great Depression with John Steinbeck’s masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath, the focus of the literature portion. The competition culminated the months spent studying since August in room 104. Decathletes completed the subjective portion of the competition (essay, speech, and interview) on January 29. The objective portion (math, social science, super quiz, literature, economics, art, and music) was completed on February 5.

The day started at 7:30 A.M. for the teams and ended at 10:30 P.M. with the award ceremony. With a good feeling overall due to the easy tests and In-N-Out lunch, the team was not surprised that they were able to obtain about forty medals in the ten subjects. By the end of the night though, Alemany’s team obtained the night’s highest honor, first place in regionals, ensuring them a spot in Sacramento representing the Los Angeles region for private schools. This left the Saint Francis team hoping for a wild-card in order to go to state. After an anxious week of waiting though, the team was informed that Sacramento would not be the ultimate destination for the team. On this turn of events, captain Chris Ferro said, “We competed to the best of our capabilities and even though we are upset about the result, next year’s team will try to make up for this year.”

Under the pressure to redeem this year’s team, next year’s team will rise to the occasion. Success awaits.