Academic Decathlon Ends Season at State
On February 20th and 21st, fifteen Nebraska high schools competed at the Academic Decathlon State competition held at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Creighton Prep, Lincoln Pius X, Omaha Burke, Omaha Central, Omaha Gross, Omaha North, and Seward competed in the Large Schools division.
Brownell Talbot, Cambridge, Johnson County Central, Mead, Mount Michael, Nebraska City Lourdes Central, Shelton and Wahoo competed in the Small Schools division.
The students competed against other students from within their division, and their individual test scores were added to determine a team score for the competition.
On Friday evening, Don Hanson, Josiah Sohriakoff, Lynn Hanson, Kassidy Holloway, Bre Wirth, Ethan Dyas and Hana Mayfield competed in the Essay, Interview and Speech competitions.
No students medalled in these events. However, Josiah Sohriakoff placed 6th in the Essay at the Varsity level, Lynn Hanson placed 6th in the Essay at the Scholastic level, Bre Wirth placed 6th in the Interview and 8th in the Essay at the Scholastic level.
On Saturday, Don Hanson, Josiah Sohriakoff, Lynn Hanson, Kassidy Holloway, Ethan Dyas and Hana Mayfield competed as Mead's Regular team members in the 6 testing events and the oral Super Quiz. Dylan Berner and Michael Klahn competed as alternates in the testing events.
The Mead Super Quiz team showed well, with each level answering 4 of their 10 questions correctly. Mead finished tied for 4th among the schools in the Small Schools division. Of particular note was Kassidy Holloway's effort. The Super Quiz was done collaboratively by the regular team members within each competition level. Due to other commitments, Kassidy was on her own for the Scholastic level, and was the only student in the entire competition to do the partner Super Quiz solo.
In the Regular testing events, Don Hanson was Mead's lone medal winner. He won a bronze medal for his effort in Mathematics at the Varsity level.
Other Regular team members who placed:
Honors Level--Ethan Dyas placed 7th in Science; Hana Mayfield placed 8th in Language/Literature and 8th in Economics.
Scholastic Level--Lynn Hanson placed 4th in Language/Literature, 4th in Mathematics, and 8th in Science.
Varsity Level--Don Hanson placed 5th in Language/Literature, 4th in Art, 8th in Economics, and 6th in Science; Josiah Sohriakoff placed 8th in Art, 8th in Mathematics, and 7th in Science.
As an Alternate competitor, Dylan Berner earned a silver medal in Hard Science (Science and Mathematics test scores combined) and a silver medal in Soft Science (Language/Literature and Economics test scores combined).
Hana Mayfield was individually recognized as Mead's Top Scorer.
All team members received medals and recognition as the "Rookie of the Year" for their finish as the highest scoring first year program at the Regional competition in January.
Though many of the finishes were not quite as high as they would have hoped, the team members and the coach learned valuable lessons and gained experience to guide them into the future. Just making State and prying a few medals away from the larger schools is quite an accomplishment. To give an idea of the type of competition that Mead faces, the "Small Schools" State Champion was Mount Michael. A school that is typically classified as Class B for sports.
Preparation for the Academic Decathlon begins the previous May, when the students receive the novel related to the following year's topic. Like many other high school activities, Decathletes give a great deal of effort year round to prepare for their competitions. Congratulation to these students for all of their hard work!