St. Ignatius Parish School Captures Sacramento Academic Decathlon for 10th Straight Year
For a record-setting 10th consecutive year, St. Ignatius Parish School (Sacramento) has won the Diocese of Sacramento’s Junior High Academic Decathlon. The team, is comprised of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.
“We are so proud of our students, coaches, and parents,” said Patty Kochis, principal of St. Ignatius School. “Literally thousands of hours go into preparing for this competition. We are honored to represent the Diocese of Sacramento at the statewide competition.”
The St. Ignatius Academic Decathlon team represents a broad spectrum of the school’s student body. In addition to their full school academic schedule, they are student council members, members on numerous school and club athletic teams, musicians, altar servers, and members of various service organizations. These students were able to balance their time studying on weekends, during their lunch recess, in the evenings, and on holidays. Their coaches have arranged their own schedules to be available to support them along the way.
The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6-8. There are 10 events. Two are collaborative team efforts – a logic quiz with 20 rigorous complex problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. Twenty-three schools took part in the diocesan event, which culminated in a 50-question “Super Quiz,” where students test their knowledge in five subject areas: science, social studies, literature, fine art, and religion.
“The sincere and tireless dedication of these students never ceases to impress me,” explained Erin McGraw, team coach. “The students' ability to collaborate with, support, and help one another is a testament to the success of the team, and truly embodies the Ignatian theme of men and women for others.”
The St. Ignatius team will compete at the California State competition on April 1.
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September 30, 2018 - Jesuit Scholastics studying Philosophy spend their first summer on service immersion programs. The rural villages of Alakanuk, Bethel and Newtok in western Alaska were the frontier destinations for Shane Liesegang, SJ, John Meyers, SJ, Jason McCreery, SJ, Raymond Parcon, SJ, and James Millikan, SJ. Their mission was to contribute their talents wherever needed.
September 17, 2018 - Ms. Kim Cavnar, Principal of St. Francis Xavier School, received Loyola University of Chicago’s 2018 Damen Award from the Institute of Pastoral Studies on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
September 12, 2018 - Father Michael J. Mandala, SJ, emeritus president of Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, died September 9, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years of age and had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 54 years, 41 years a priest.
September 5, 2018 - Father John J. (“Hex”) Kindall, SJ, longtime high school teacher/principal and pastor in schools and parishes throughout the Pacific Northwest, died August 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He was 91 years of age, a Jesuit for 74 years, and 61 years a priest.
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