The Friendswood High School Academic Decathlon placed 3rd overall in the team competition of 6A schools in Texas. The team won 17 individual medals scoring 50,050 points setting a new team record and earned $4,500 dollars in scholarships after competing in San Antonio February 23-25.
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.
Honors team members include Audrey Isaak, Adrian Boehnke, and Sarah Thomas. Scholastic team members include Aidan Hernandez, Thomas Mataro, and Ben Lewis.
Varsity team members include Aidan Mattiuzzo, Benjamin Parker, and Nolan King.
In Honors Division, Boehnke placed first in Language and Literature, second in Interview and third in Social Science. Isaak was second in Music, third in Math, Language, and Literature. Thomas was second in Science and Music, third in Math, and Language and Literature.
In the Scholastics Division, Hernandez, second in Music and Science. Mataro was third in Science. Lewis placed third in Speech.
In the Varsity Division, King placed first in Interview. Parker earned first in Economics and second in Math.
Coaches are Elizabeth Woodley, Fred Lewis, and Renae Simons.
“Students really learn who they are when they participate in Academic Decathlon,” said Simons. This year is Simons twenty-fourth year to coach FHS AD team.
“They learn that true success comes from hard work and sacrifice. I have witnessed changed lives due to participation in AD.”
At FHS, the Academic Decathlon is an elective course that receives one credit.
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.