Hanks re-elected to serve third term as President of Texas Academic Decathlon

Trish Hanks, Superintendent of Schools in Friendswood ISD, has been elected to a third consecutive term of office as president of the Texas Academic Decathlon Board. The Decathlon is the premier academic competition for high school students in Texas.

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Each year the organization gives $150,000 in scholarship money to winning students. In the Texas Academic Decathlon, more than 7,000 students from all academic levels across the state compete in Academic Decathlon. The organization also sponsors Octathlon for ninth and tenth grade students and Pentathlon for junior high levels as well as the Lone Star Challenge for fourth through sixth grade students.

The Texas Academic Decathlon claims 11 national championships; 7 silver medal honors; 5 bronze medalist teams and 5 national finalist teams in 28 years of competition at the United States Academic Decathlon national finals.

Hanks’ district has Decathlon history of its own. In the 18 State AD Championships FISD teams have won, 15 were won in consecutive years (1993-2007 and in 2014, their most recent State Championship, Friendswood High School members qualified for National Academic Decathlon competition in Hawaii. There the team placed fifth in the nation.

“I have personally witnessed the Academic Decathlon program transform students’ lives,” Hanks said.

Recently, the Texas Education Agency cut funding by over two-thirds for AD. Hanks and the other board members have been seeking corporate sponsors.

“It is important to support the intellectual and academic pursuits of our young people,” Hanks said. “They no doubt will make significant contributions to our world.”

If your company would like to be a sponsor, contact Sue Edward, State Executive Director at 713-696-8253 or sedwards