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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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