Dobie, Memorial Academic Decathlon teams advance to state meet

Dobie, Memorial Academic Decathlon teams advance to state meet
Posted on 02/02/2017
Dobie, Memorial Academic Decathlon teams advance to state meet

Academic Decathlon

Memorial Academic Decathlon Team: Back row (L-R): Sherwin Philip, Nahely Cardiel, Anas Arakkal and Blake Hinesley. Front row (L to R): Emily Garza, Andrew Mendoza, Christine Osborne and Ian Bauch.

Academic Decathlon
Dobie Decathlon Team - Back Row (L-R:) Coach Bob Daugherty, Coach Steven Higginbotham, Jay Do, Bill Huynh, Steven Nguyen, Gus Rodriguez, Everett Moreno, Coach Thomas Etienne; Front Row (L-R): Adrian De Los Santos, Noelle Phan, Jennifer Nguyen, Christine Perry and Coach Todd Geries.


Pasadena ISD’s Dobie and Memorial High School’s Academic Decathlon teams have advanced to the state meet after earning top 40 spots in the Region 5 competition.

Competing in the large school district division, Dobie’s team ranked No. 5 in the state, with a combined total score of 4,623. Memorial’s team placed 27th in the regional competition with a total score of 39,421.

The teams’ top scores have earned them a trip to the state meet in San Antonio, Feb. 23-26. 

“They have brought great honor to our school district,” Pat Sermas, PISD director of advanced academics said. “It has been a pleasure to work with them to prepare for the competition.”

Dobie has continuously received high marks at the state and national level. Dobie claimed national championship trophies in 1992 and 1996, in addition to placing second in the nation in 2010 and 1998 and third overall in 2003.

This year will mark the second consecutive time that Memorial’s decathlon team has claimed a spot in the state competition, earning fifth place at regionals last school year.

The Academic Decathlon promotes student achievement and learning by challenging students in various academic subjects. Teams are comprised of up to nine students who represent different grade point divisions.

The group studies decathlon curricula and competes against other schools. There is a series of 10 events including an interview in front of judges, a written essay, speeches, a written comprehensive exam in math, social science, economics, literature, art, music and the Super Quiz.

The two students with the top scores in each of the three Academic Decathlon levels – varsity, scholastic and honors – determines the team’s final score.

Dobie High School’s team members earning medals at the regional competition include:

Varsity

Christine Perry

3rd place art – Varsity

3rd place music

3rd place social science

1st place language

Dobie: Adrian De Los Santos

2nd place highest scoring student – Varsity

3rd place economics – Varsity

3rd place science

1st place art

1st place social science

2nd place language

2nd place music

Christine Perry

3rd place art – Varsity

3rd place music

3rd place social science

1st place language

 

Scholastic

Jay Do

3rd place highest scoring student – Scholastic

3rd place math

1st place social science – scholastic

Gus Rodriguez

3rd place music – scholastic

1st place economics

2nd place music

2nd place social science

 

Honors

Bill Huynh

3rd place highest scoring student – Honors Division

3rd place Economics

3rd place Language

3rd place social science

1st place art

2nd place music

2nd place science

Steve Nguyen

1st place economics – Honors Division

Noelle Phan

3rd place music – Honors Division

3rd place science

2nd place economics


Pasadena Memorial’s team members who earned medals included:

Andrew Mendoza

1st place Essay – Scholastic

1st place Language

Blake Hinesley

1st place Math – Scholastic

5th place – highest scoring student – Scholastic Division