Congratulations to the 2018 State Academic Decathlon Winners!




OVERALL:
1st Place: St. Edward the Confessor, Diocese of Orange
2nd Place: St. Thomas More, Archdiocese of Denver
3rd Place: St. Raymond School, Archdiocese of San Francisco
4th Place: St. Lawrence Martyr, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
5th Place: St. Catherine Laboure, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
6th Place: St. Ignatius School, Diocese of Sacramento

Individual Subjects:

Current Events
1st Place: St. Edward the Confessor, Diocese of Orange
2nd Place: St. Thomas More, Archdiocese of Denver
3rd Place: Holy Family, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Math
1st Place: St. Thomas More, Archdiocese of Denver
2nd Place: St. Patrick, Diocese of San Diego
3rd Place: St. Edward the Confessor, Diocese of Orange
English
1st Place: St. Raymond, Archdiocese of San Francisco
2nd Place: St. Edward the Confessor, Diocese of Orange
3rd Place: Holy Family, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Religion
1st Place: St. Ignatius, Diocese of Sacramento
2nd Place St. Lawrence Martyr, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3rd Place: St. Edward the Confessor, Diocese of Orange
Fine Arts
1st Place: St. Lawrence Martyr, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
2nd Place: St. Edward the Confessor, Diocese of Orange
3rd Place: St. Ignatius, Diocese of Sacramento
Science
1st Place: Our Lady of the Assumption, Diocese of San Bernardino
2nd Place: St. Edward the Confessor, Diocese of Orange
3rd Place: St. Raymond, Archdiocese of San Francisco
Literature
1st. Place: Holy Family, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
2nd Place: St. Raymond, Archdiocese of San Francisco
3rd Place: St. Edward the Confessor, Diocese of Orange
Social Studies
1st. Place: St. Catherine Laboure, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
2nd Place: St. Edward the Confessor, Diocese of Orange
3rd Place: St. Lawrence Martyr, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Logic Quiz

Super Quiz
1st Place: St. Edward the Confessor, Diocese of Orange
1st Place: St. Edward the Confessor, Diocese of Orange
2nd Place: St. Thomas More, Archdiocese of Denver
2nd Place: St. Raymond, Archdiocese of San Francisco
3rd Place: St. Catherine Laboure, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3rd Place: St. Patrick, Diocese of San Diego












The AJHD Mission
As Catholic school educators, we affirm that each young person entrusted to our care has been endowed by God with marvelous intellectual gifts and talents. The United States Catholic Schools Academic Junior High Decathlon (or AJHD) strives to bring forth some of those academic talents and celebrate them in the context of spirit-filled competition. The five goals of the Decathlon are:
  • to promote academic excellence
  • to promote collaborative spirit and cooperative learning skills
  • to promote logical and higher order thinking
  • to recognize the contributions of parents, teachers, school administrators, and business and community members in supporting high standards for all students; and
  • to celebrate the diversity, excellence, and tradition of Catholic schools

History
The Catholic Schools Academic Junior High Decathlon was founded in September, 1989 by Dr. Mark Ryan who was then a junior high teacher at St. Aloysius School in south-central Los Angeles. Dr. Ryan had a vision for an academic event to parallel the athletic competitions so prevalent in schools. What began as a tiny competition involving a handful of schools from the greater Los Angeles area has grown to become a nation-wide event involving Catholic junior high students from across the United States. The Decathlon is now under the guiding jurisdiction of the California Catholic State Superintendents Curriculum Committee.

What is the Decathlon?
The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6 through 8. There are ten events. Two are collaborative team efforts – a logic quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of the Roman Catholic doctrine, English, Literature, Science, Mathematics, Current Events, Social Studies, and Fine Arts (Art and Music). Awards are given for individual and team performance, and the winning school team from each geographic diocese competes in a national championship, usually held in April.

Prayer of Wisdom


God of Wisdom,This task we undertake,called the United States Catholic Schools Academic Junior High Decathlon,is a mammoth one.Help us to always remember that everything we do,we can do because of your goodness which works in and through us.May the Decathlon be a source of individual and group pride,happiness, self-respect, and commitment.You have enlightened the minds of our young people,giving them an intellect with which to make positive decisions for a better world.May this event be a celebration of our minds and the power they hold.We give you glory for the gifts of knowledge and intelligence.May we use these gifts for your gloryand always work toward the realization of the kingdomyour son sought to establish among us.We make this prayer in Jesus' name.Amen