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Congratulations 2015-2016 Academic Decathlon Team!

Southern California Private Schools Regional Champions


1st Place in Super Quiz

Congratulations to the Academic Decathlon team for defending their title on Saturday, February 6, competing against 34 other teams and emerging victorious once again as the Southern California Private Schools Regional Champions.  The team brought home 74 individual medals and also took first place in the team Super Quiz event. Top medal winners include Fereshteh Bunk, with 7 medals in Division II, and Division I players Ethan Smiggs with 7 medals, Emme Bartlett with 7 medals, Nicholas Silva with 8 medals, and Brian Smith with 8 medals.  Brian Smith also brought home the gold for highest combined individual score in the entire competition.

California State Championship

March 17-20, 2016



Highest Scholastic Score Gold Medalist: Emme Bartlett

7 Individual Medals


What is Academic Decathlon?

The Academic Decathlon program is offered nationwide and gives students an opportunity to compete in 10 different academic areas:  Mathematics, Science, Language and Literature, Economics, Social Science, Music, Art, Essay, Speech, and Interview.  The culmination of the competition is the public Super Quiz event.

Teams are made up of students from the following GPA categories, based on the United States Academic Decathlon GPA guidelines:

                    Varsity        0.00-2.99

                    Scholastic   3.00-3.74

                    Honor         3.75-4.00

Mater Dei competes against 30-45 other teams in the Southern California Private Schools Academic Decathlon.

Winners from the competition receive both individual and team medals, and many students have received scholarships to college based on their performance. Students involved in the Academic Decathlon program are enrolled in an Academic Decathlon course.


Team History

Congratulations 2014-2015 Academic Decathlon Team!

Southern California Private Schools Regional Champions


1st Place in Super Quiz

 California State Championship

March 18-22, 2015

 Division II Silver in Super Quiz

Division II 4th Place

Highest Scholastic Score Bronze Medalist: Jonathan Saba

9 Individual Medals

Applications Now Available for the 2016-2017 Team

Students may pick up information and applications

in room 604 or room 416.

Applications, Flyers, and Information Pamphlets are also attached below.


Current MD Students
(current freshmen, sophomores, juniors)

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 5

Application Reading Quiz: Thursday, April 14

at the beginning of both lunches in room 416

and immediately after school in room 604

(Please find readings attached below.)


Incoming Freshmen

Application Deadline: Friday, May 13

Applications available at the Academic Decathlon table at Welcome/Orientation Nights

and also attached below.


Contact Ms. Anna-Lisa George '89 at