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2016-2017 ACADEMIC DECATHLON TEAM

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

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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.

2016-2017 Speech Team

 2017-2018 Speech Team

Lourdes has an active Speech Team program.  Students consistently medal at district and state levels.  In 2016, Nick Whitten received a first place medal at the state level for extemporaneous speaking. Highlights from the 2016-2017 year are shown below.

For more information contact Mrs. Roxann Penfield, 2017-2018 Speech Team coach, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2016-2017 Speech Team

Speech

Front row: Cloey Allgood, Ivan Valdovino, Mason Lee, Aaron Mason, Dylan Paap, Marissa Galardi, Laura Box, Jackson Esser

2nd Row: Reagan Stanley, Jack Funke, Sam Baumert, Carlos Serna, Josie Kassube, James Mason, Halli Whitten, Nicole Green, Ben Miller, Quinten Vasa

3rd Row: Chloe DuBois, Karinne Olson, Logan Bakula, Piper Monson, Alivia Stuhr, Cathy Shawhan

Back Row: Luke Partsch, Althea Gay, Ainsley Esser, Will Eppert, Ethan Roberts, Aubrey Bando

Results from the District Competition (These students qualify to perform at state finals on March 24th):

  • 1st Logan Bakula Humorous Prose (perfect 50 SCORE in FINALS)
  • 2nd Humorous Prose James Mason
  • 2nd OID Social Media: Dylan Paap, Josie Kassube, James Mason, Loan Bakula and Cathy Shawhan (Perfect 50 Score in Finals!)
  • 3rd OID Pirates: Hayden Miller, Jackson Esser, Marissa Galardi, Jack Funke and Ben Miller
  • 3rd Mason Lee: Extemporaneous Mason Lee

Also medaling:

  • 4th Serious Prose: Aaron Mason (Perfect 50 score in Prelims)
  • 6th Persuasive Cloey Allgood
  • 6th Poetry Karinne Olsen (Perfect 50 Score in Prelims)
  • 6th Extemporaneous Ethan Roberts
  • 6th Entertainment Alivia Stuhr

The 2016-2017 Speech Team was coached by Sally DuBois

2017-2018 Speech Team

 2017-2018 Speech Team

Lourdes has an active Speech Team program.  Students consistently medal at district and state levels.  I

For more information contact Mrs. Roxann Penfield, 2017-2018 Speech Team coach, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DATES TO REMEMBER

 

Weds., November 29, 2017                  Parents informational meeting; 6:30 p.m. at Table Creek Clubhouse prior to the LAA Meeting
Mon, March 5, 2018 Parents Night, Lourdes High School, 7:00 p.m.
   
Competition Dates
 

January 27

February 3

February 10

February 24

March 12

March 23

Louisville

Beatrice

Auburn

HTRS

Pioneer Conference @HTRS

State Speech @ Kearney

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