The Catholic Schools Academic Decathlon was founded in September, 1989 by Dr. Mark Ryan who was then a junior high teacher at St. Aloysius School in Los Angeles. Dr. Ryan had a vision for an academic event to parallel the athletic competitions so prevalent in schools. What began as a tiny competition involving a handful of schools from the greater Los Angeles area has grown to become a statewide event involving Catholic junior high students from across the United States. The Decathlon is now under the guiding jurisdiction of the California Catholic State Superintendents Curriculum Committee.
What is the Decathlon?
The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6-8. There are ten events. Two are collaborative team efforts — a logic quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of the Roman Catholic Doctrine, English, Literature, Science, Mathematics, Current Events, Social Studies, and Fine Arts (Art and Music). Awards are given for individual and team performance, and the winning school team from each geographic diocese competes in a state championship the first Saturday of May each year.
On Saturday, March 1, 2014, ten of the best and brightest from St. John of God School will compete academically against students from Catholic Schools from throughout the Southern California area at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. We are so proud of them!
DECATHLON TEAM 2014
Bella Gil-Sandoval Gr. 8 Social Studies
Alexis Reyes Gr. 8 Mathematics
Philip Tafoya Gr. 8 Science
Glenn James Reyes Gr. 7 Logic
Careena Romo Gr. 7 English
Laura Sarmiento Gr. 7 Religion
Miranda Trejo Gr. 7 Literature
Andrea Bailey Gr. 6 Fine Arts
Alexandra Mulioz Gr. 6 Current Events
Caterina Almeida Gr. 6 Super Quiz
Jillian Pascual Gr. 6 Alternate