Dobie High School Advances to State Academic Decathlon

Dobie High School Advances to State Academic Decathlon
Posted on 02/17/2015
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The Dobie High School Decathlon team has qualified for the state meet. Pictured from left are Coach Steven Higginbotham, Jacob Little, Adolfo Gracia, Diego Ramirez, Bill Huynh, Mohammad Shobaki, Gabriel Perez, Jacob Bonavita. Not pictured: Vincent Gonzales.

The Dobie High School Academic Decathlon team will represent Pasadena ISD in the state competition, following several wins recently at the Region 5 tournament.

For the ninth consecutive year, Dobie placed in the top ten among 28 schools to advance to the state meet in San Antonio Feb. 27-28.

The team’s coach and former decathlon competitor, Steven Higginbotham, said Dobie’s continued success in the program is the product of hard work.

“The team studies for hours each day,” he said. “These students work hard and enjoy learning. That sets them at a higher level of success in the competition.”

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 overall goal of decathlon is to teach participants the value of teamwork, leadership and time management.

“It takes perseverance and collaboration to compete,” Dobie High School senior Diego Ramirez said. “For us, it’s like a brotherhood. You promote yourself, your team and you learn along the way.”

Out of a possible 10,000 points, Dobie senior Jacob Little is the second varsity contestant in Dobie’s history to cross the 8,000 mark.

“The biggest requirement for success in decathlon competitions is to be dedicated,” Little said. “I learned that the hard way. I did not do so well at first but then I worked hard and pushed myself. As a result, I did well in the end.”

Pasadena ISD racked up 22 medals at Regionals with Dobie claiming 14 of them. In 2011, the Decathlon team won first place at state and advanced to the national competition. In 1992 and 1996, Dobie took home the championship trophy at the national competition. 

“Dobie has a fantastic program and the school’s administrative staff provides the students with the support they need to be successful,” Pat Sermas, Pasadena ISD director of advanced academics said. “We wish them all the best at the state competition.”

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