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Congratulations to the Academic Decathlon team for their 2nd place win on Saturday,  competing against more than 35 other teams at the Southern California Private Schools Academic Decathlon.  Decathletes brought home 47 individual medals. Top medal winners include Will O’Sullivan and Sarah Garcia, who earned 4 medals each;  Kaitlin Nguyen, with 5 medals; Tyler Bates, with 6 medals; Rod Gonzalez, with 7 medals; and Gianna E-Bayar, who earned 8 individual medals. To top it off, Tyler Bates, Will O'Sullivan, and Kaitlin Nguyen won Gold, Silver, and Bronze for the highest individual scores in the entire competition.

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What is Academic Decathlon?

Academic Decathlon is a nationwide program that 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 2017-2018 Academic Decathlon Team!

Southern California Private Schools Regional Champions

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1st Place in Super Quiz

California State Championship

March 22-25, 2018

 

 Bronze Medal in Speech:  William O'Sullivan

Gold Medal in Art: Kaitlin Nguyen

Team High Score: William O'Sullivan

Highest Combined Team Score in MD History

 

 

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Congratulations 2016-2017 Academic Decathlon Team!

Southern California Private Schools Regional Champions

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1st Place in Super Quiz

California State Championship

March 23-26, 2017

 

 Division III 2nd Place

Team High Score: Annie Daley

11 Individual Medals

 


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Congratulations 2015-2016 Academic Decathlon Team!

Southern California Private Schools Regional Champions

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1st Place in Super Quiz


 California State Championship

March 17-20, 2016

 Highest Scholastic Score Gold Medalist: Emme Bartlett

 7 Individual Medals

 

 

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Congratulations 2014-2015 Academic Decathlon Team!

Southern California Private Schools Regional Champions

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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 2019-2020 Team

Students may pick up information and applications

in room 604 or room 416.

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

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Current MD Students
(current freshmen, sophomores, juniors)

Application Deadline: Monday, April 1

Application Reading Quiz: Thursday, April 4

at the beginning of both lunches in room 604

and immediately after school in room 416

(Please find readings attached below.)

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Incoming Freshmen

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 15

Applications available at the Academic Decathlon table at Welcome Nights

and also attached below.


Questions?

Contact Ms. Anna-Lisa George '89 at algeorge@materdei.org