State Academic Decathlon 2017
The Mead Raiders had a successful weekend at Creighton University on February 17th and the 18th.
While Bellevue East, Creighton Prep, Omaha Burke, Omaha Central, Pius X, Omaha Gross and Omaha Skutt competed for the Large School State medals, Mount Michael, Brownell-Talbot, Wahoo, HTRS, Lourdes Central Catholic, Duchense Academy and Mead competed for the Small School State medals.
The Raiders brought home five individual medals and finished just one Super Quiz question away from 3rd Place in the Super Quiz.
Josiah received a silver medal at the Scholastic level for his efforts during the Interview competition.
Cali received a bronze medal at the Varsity level for her efforts on the Music test.
Mary took home three bronze medals at the Alternate Honors level. For alternates they compete in the Hard Sciences (Science and Math tests combined), Soft Sciences (Language/Literature and Economics tests combined) and the Humanities (Art and Music tests combined).
Ethan was also awarded a medal for being Mead's highest scorer during the State meet.
Other Raiders who placed in the Top Ten in their events:
Ethan (Honors): 6th in Music, 7th in Mathematics, 9th in Economics and 6th in Science.
Emily (Honors): 8th in Music and 5th in Interview.
McKenna (Honors): 10th in Speech.
Cole (Scholastic): 10th in Art, 7th in Mathematics and 9th in Economics.
Josiah (Scholastic): 10th in Economics and 10th in Science.
Cali (Varsity): 9th in Language/Literature, 9th in Economics and 5th in Science.
Alexis (Varsity): 7th in Language/Literature, 10th in Art, 9th in Mathematics and 10th in Science.
Academic Decathlon Coach Terry Hickman had the following to say, "The competition at State is nothing like Regionals. Medium schools compete with Large and Very Small schools compete with Small. We were head-to-head with Mt. Michael, and others, in every event. Mt. Michael also won the overall state championship this year, the first small school to ever to beat out the big Class A schools, to put it into perspective. Even though we did great at Regionals, I was going to be happy to come home with one medal, so for these students to come away with five, I was very happy. They competed very well and hopefully will be ready for an even better showing next year!"