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Once again, the Lourdes Central Catholic Academic Decathlon team proved that good things come in small packages. On February 17-18, 2017, the team, coached by Tammy Partsch and Tom Dinville, traveled to Creighton University in Omaha for the Nebraska Academic Decathlon State competition and walked away as the State Champions in the Very Small Schools category.

As a result of their placement, the Lourdes Central Catholic Academic Decathlon team has been invited to participate in the Online Small Nationals competition, which will pit them against other schools from around the country with a student population of less than 650 students. Lourdes’ current student population is 100.

As a team, the Lourdes students earned 29 total individual medals at the state level, including five Golds, 12 Silvers, and 12 Bronzes, and $5,090 in scholarship money.

In April of 2017, the team competed in the On-Line Nationals and came away with a tie for third place in the nation!

This was the 33rd year that Nebraska has participated in the United State Academic Decathlon program. Lourdes Central Catholic began its program in the mid-1990s and has made the trip to State every year since its inception. Students from all grade levels are tested across the curriculum under the umbrella of a theme that changes each year. The 2016-2017 theme was World War II. The Lourdes students learned of the theme at the end of last school year and began studying over the summer.  The Nebraska Academic Decathlon is organized by the Optimists Club and is underwritten by Herb Lavigne Enterprises.

The Lourdes Academic Decathlon team is coached by Tammy Partsch and Tom Dinville


The 2016-2017 Lourdes Central Catholic Academic Decathlon team from front left: Grant Draus, Maddie Daly, Marissa Galardi, Halli Whitten, Nicole Green, Kaseandra Martinez, and Victoria Gress. From back row left, Coach Tom Dinville, Nate Harmel, Jack Bakula, James Mason, Jackson Esser, Emmanuel Encina-Garcia, Patrick O’Neil, and Coach Tammy Partsch. Not pictured is Tristian Peter.