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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