17-18 Academic Decathlon
The 2017-2018 Academic Decathlon team studied AFRICA. Team members included seniors James Mason, Tyler Mucha, Halli Whitten, Brittni Watkins, Kaseandra Martinez, and Nicole Green; juniors Ashley Baragary, Grant Draus, Chloe DuBois, and Cristian Watkins; and sophomores Luke Partsch and Cathy Shawhan.
At Regionals Competition in January, the Lourdes Central Catholic team placed FIRST in Very Small Schools, earning 63 individual medals (25 Gold, 26 Silver, 12 Bronze). James Mason was the Top Scorer for team and the Top Scorer (Honors Division) Overall. Luke Partsch was 2nd Place (Honors) Scorer Overall. For Scholastic students, Grant Draus was the Top Scorer Overall and Halli Whitten was 3rd Place Scorer Overall. In Varsity, Cristian Watkins was the Top Scorer Overall and Brittni Watkins was 2nd Place Overall – all those were in the Very Small Schools category.
Each Alternate also scored well at Regionals, with Ashley Baragary and Cathy Shawhan taking Top and 2nd Place Honors Overall, Tyler Mucha and Chloe DuBois taking Top and 2nd Place Scholastic Overall, and Kaseandra Martinez taking 3rd Place in Varsity Overall –again, for Very Small Schools.
At State Competition in February, the Lourdes team was crowned as VERY SMALL SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONS, earning 29 Individual Medals (9 Gold, 12 Silver, 8 Bronze). Again, the Top Scorer for the team was James Mason. James was also the Top Scorer Overall for Honors Students in the Very Small and Small Schools categories.
In addition, Grant Draus was the Top Scorer Overall for Scholastic Students (Very Small & Small Schools) and Tyler Mucha was the 3rd Place Scorer Overall for Scholastic Students (Very Small & Small Schools).
Because of our performance at State, we are invited to compete in Online Nationals Competition in April. In the Small Schools category (student population of 650 or under), we placed 5th in the nation, earning five individual medals! James Mason (Honors) earned a Silver in Essay. Tyler Mucha (Scholastic) earned Gold in Essay. Halli Whitten (Scholastic) earned Silver in Essay. Grant Draus (Scholastic) earned Gold in Literature and Bronze in Math.
This was the 34th 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 Nebraska Academic Decathlon is organized by the Optimists Club and is underwritten by Herb Lavigne Enterprises.
The 2018-2019 season began over the summer as prospective team members met weekly to discuss elements of the upcoming year. There are 22 students vying for 12 spots on the 2018-2019 team. The theme is THE 1960s.
The Lourdes Academic Decathlon team is coached by Tammy Partsch and Tom Dinville.