Academic Decathlon & Octathlon

4A State AD Champions: 2014, 2013, 2007-2000, 1999-1993, 1988

FHS Academic Decathlon Team Members Qualify for Nationals in Hawaii

Coaches:
Ashley Birmingham
Arden Curtis
Renae Simons
Honors Team:
Derek Janak
Roma Pradhan
Julia Lu
Scholastic Team:
Chase Ehrig
Daniel Miniot
Ramiro Garcia
Varsity Team:
Shannon Ney
Alex Briones
Raymond Monahan
Alternates:
Ben Bruce, Sean Jankowski and Brooks Pettit

2014 State Champions

HONORS:
- Julia Lu 1st overall, 1st Lang and Lit, 1st music, 2nd science, 2nd economics, 3rd interview, 2nd social science

- Roma Pradhan  3rd economics

- Derek Janak   4th overall, 3rd, Lang and Lit, 3rd music, 2nd science, 3rd social science
SCHOLASTICS:
- Chase Ehrig  1st overall, 3rd music, 3rd interview, 3rd social science

- Daniel Miniot  4th overall, 2nd lang and lit, 1st music, 1st economics, 1st speech (perfect score)

- Ramiro  Garcia  2nd math
VARSITIES:
- Alex Briones  2nd overall, 1st lang and lit, 1st essay, 1st music, 3rd math, 3rd social science

- Shannon Ney  3rd overall,  1st Economics, 3rd lang and lit, 2nd music, 2nd math, 3rd social science
- 
Raymond Monahan  3rd economics, 3rd speech, 1st social science

  • 4A State AD Champions 2014, 2013, 2007-2000, 1999-1993, 1988
    1988 Super Quiz 4A - Medium School State Champion
  • 1999 4A - Medium School State Champions
    Team - Joan Allen, Sajid Anjum, Russell Bowie, Thomas Cunningham, Brian Herbert, Andrew Lau, Michael Megares, Sara Staggs, Suniska, Wimalawansa
    Coaches - Mary Rinehart, Renae Simons
    Administration - Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Walter Wilson-Superintendent

    1998 4A - Medium School State Champion
    Team - Ryan Babb, Tommy Broughan, Gordon Davenport, Josh Hale, John Leavesley, Reagan Murray, Robert Schindler, James Shead, Brooke Skeen Coaches - Ruth Ann Krajefska, Pepper Smith Administration - Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Walter Wilson-Superintendent

    1997 4A - Medium School State Champion
    Team - Tommy Broughan, Gordon Davenport, Josh Hale, David Hayes, Reagan Murray, James Shead, Brooke Skeen, Eric Steinhauser, Jayme Temple
    Coaches - Ruth Ann Krajefska, Pepper Smith Administration - Gary Wrinkle-Principal, Gary Clay -Superintendent

    1996 4A - Medium School State Champion
    Team - Katie Arnett, Peter Brown, Jennie Feith, James Marshall, Dom Orlando, Coby Rhoden, Jay Ring, Eric Steinhauser, Jayme Temple
    Coaches - Ruth Ann Krajefska, Pepper Smith
    Administration - Gary Wrinkle-Principal, Gary Clay -Superintendent

    1995 4A - Medium School State Champion
    Team - Brice Beale, Kyle Herbert, Sam Jacobs, Gordy Martin, Dom Orlando, Virgina Pedicord, Jay Ring, David Ulbrich, John Willis
    Coaches - Ruth Ann Krajefska, Pepper Smith
    Administration - Gary Wrinkle-Principal, Gary Clay -Superintendent

    1994 4A - Medium School State Champion
    Team - Kevin Beck, Candy Bennett, Paul Bielamowicz, Kyle Herbert, Kristin Huff, Sam Jacobs, Gordy Martin, Jimmy Maughan, David Ulbrich
    Coaches - Ruth Ann Krajefska, Pepper Smith
    Administration - Curtis Wilson-Principal, Gary Clay -Superintendent

    1993 4A - Medium School State Champion
    Team - Nilo Azad, Joel Erwin, Billy Ford, Jenny Freytag, Kevin Howard, Kristin Huff, Robert Sormani, Nathan Raley, Jerry Van Dyke
    Coaches - Ruth Ann Krajefska, Pepper Smith
    Administration - Curtis Wilson-Principal, Gary Clay -Superintendent
  • 2007 4A - Medium School State Champions
    Team - John Bohannon, Alesha Rimmelin, Ryan Buckley, Julie Rogers, Eric Firouzbakht, Zach Velky, Ayman Haq, Joseph Welsh, Andrea Lloyd
    Coaches - Daron Scott, Michael Wells
    Administration - Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

    2006 4A - Medium School State Champions
    Team - Kieran Fitzgerald, Andy Feith, Chris Compton, Richard Arduengo, Chris Burchsted, Joseph Welsh, Sarah Stapp, Ayman Haq, John Bohannon
    Coaches - Daron Scott, Michael Wells
    Administration - Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

    2005 4A - Medium School State Champions
    Team - Kieran Fitzgerald, Charlie Lundquist, Ling Wang,Richard Arduengo, Eddy Stevens, Trey German, Micah Fessler, Sarah Stapp, Scott Manusov, Manager: Chris Compton
    Coaches - Kady Schmidt, Katherine Christy
    Administration - Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

    2004 4A - Medium School State Champions
    Team - Andy Steinhauser, Alex Hoeg, Ryan Rahman, Trey German, Chris Smith, Robert Lockwood, Will Ramsey, Micah Fessler, David Sanders
    Coaches - Mary Rinehart, Renae Simons
    Administration - Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

    2003 4A - Medium School State Champions ~ 2nd Place - Individual Super Quiz
    Team - Nureen Haq, Payal Patel, Andy Steinhauser, Cynthia Bowen, Troy Hedman, Vanessa Peters, Zach Van Meter, Kyle Crawford, Ben Babb
    Coaches - Mary Rinehart, Renae Simons
    Administration - Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

    2002 4A - Medium School State Champions - 10th Year in a Row
    Team - Basudeb Chatterjee, Nureen Haq, Cynthia Bowen, Patrick Riveron, Julia Jones, Lauren Kastner, Ky Jurgensen, Eric Hibbs, and Adam Veres
    Coaches - Mary Rinehart, Renae Simons
    Administration - Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Walter Wilson-Superintendent

    2001 4A - Medium School State Champions and USAD ~ 4th Place in Nation / Large-School Division ~ Blake Binford ~ Scholarship Division ~ 2nd Highest Score in Nation ~ USAD
    Team - Blake Binford, Rachel Brizendine, Tiffany Chu, Nureen Haq, Ky Jurgensen, Amanda Lampton, Daniel Majchrowicz, Kent Morris, Zach Van Meter
    Coaches - Mary Rinehart, Renae Simons
    Administration - Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Walter Wilson-Superintendent

    2000 4A - Medium School State Champions
    Team - Thomas Cunningham, Jennifer Dickey, Justin Figueroa, Samir Haq, Ben Holgate, Daniel Majchrowicz, Michael Melgares, Kent Morris, Greg Treleven
    Coaches - Mary Rinehart, Renae Simons
    Administration - Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Walter Wilson-Superintendent
  • 2014 4A - State Champions
    Honors team members include Derek Janak, Julia Lu and Roma Pradhan. Scholastic team members include Chase Ehrig, Ramiro Garcia and Daniel Miniot. Varsity team members include Alex Briones, Raymond Monahan and Shannon Ney.
    Coaches - Ashley Birmingham, Arden Curtis, Renae Simons
    Administration - Mark Griffon-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

    2013 4A - Medium School State Champions
    Team - Derek Janak, Julia Lu, Bryan Holcomb, Zachary Cocetti, Chase Ehrig, Raymond Monahan, Kim Hall , Andrew Hopf, David Snowden
    Coaches - Ashley Birmingham, Arden Curtis, Renae Simons
    Administration - Mark Griffon-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

  • At FHS, the Academic Decathlon is an elective course that receives one credit.
  • The United States Academic Decathlon is a team competition wherein students match their intellects with students from other schools. Students are tested in ten categories: Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, and Speech.

    Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for individual events and total scores. Winning teams advance through the local, regional, and state levels of competition. The state champions compete at the national finals
  • Based on the model of the athletic decathlon, the Academic Decathlon requires participants to prepare for ten academic events. Like the athletic contest, the Academic Decathlon does not permit participants to specialize but rather the Academic Decathlon encourages academic versatility by requiring students to prepare for all ten events. The Academic Decathlon stresses educational opportunity and academic excellence.
  • The Academic Decathlon was first created by Dr. Robert Peterson, former Superintendent of Schools in Orange County, California. Firmly believing that everyone's learning potential can be maximized through competitive challenge, Dr. Peterson set in motion the contest that has since come to be recognized as the most prestigious high school academic team competition in the United States. The program spread rapidly throughout the states due to the success and excitement it engendered. USAD was founded in 1981.
  • The Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 "A" or Honor students, 3 "B" or Scholastic students, and 3 "C" or Varsity students.

Octathlon

Freshman and sophomore high school students interested in the decathlon program can compete in the Academic Octathlon. Like the Pentathlon. involving middle school (sixth, seventh and eighth grade) students, the Octathlon is patterned after the Decathlon program, except with fewer events. Octathletes compete in eight categories including Art, Economics, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, and Essay. As with the other programs, the final event is a "Super Quiz".

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for individual events and total scores. Winning teams advance through the local, regional, and state levels of competition.

The Academic Octhalon is not unlike athletic competition in that it demands dedication and commitment and promotes wholesome competition. The Academic Octathlon, an eight-event scholastic competition for high school teams throughout the state, promotes a new type of campus hero.

With teams composed of a combination of A, B and C students in grades 9-10, this non-elitist program is designed to send a message to all students that perseverance, study and teamwork can bring personal rewards. While stimulating the same sense of school spirit and pride that athletic teams accomplish, the Academic Octathlon team also provides strong, positive role models for other students on campus.

Thank You for Your Support

Randy Ellis, DDS, Jasmine Dental, Ron Carter Alvin, Donna and Ralph Smith, Ray Naizer, The Burges, Heritage Animal Hospital

We want to thank our generous donors who continually support the Academic Decathlon program at FHS. The money we raise will be utilized to transport and feed our students at several practice meets in the area during our preseason. We also use it to buy suits for students who are unable to do so themselves.

Your generous donations also allow us to have specialists in music, math, and art come work with our students. As the level of competition intensifies, we strive for any extra edge we can give our students and your donations help us do that.

Donations will still gladly be accepted and can be mailed to FHS 702 Greenbriar, Friendswood, TX ATTN: Renae Simons.

Thank you.
Renae Simons
Arden Curtis
Ashley Birmingham