The 2019 Orange County Academic Decathlon season is upon us. Wish our Connelly team the best as they prepare for the first day of competition this Saturday, January 26, at Tustin High School.
Like its ancient Greek counterpart, Academic Decathlon is a ten-event contest where A, B, and C-level high school students work as teams to compete in the areas of language and literature, science, mathematics, social science, economics, art, music, essay, interview, and speech. Each team aspires to compete at the state or national level.
Our team consists of strong students like Lola Searcy ‘20, last year’s impressive winner of 9 awards in the JV competition, including: 1st place Overall Individual in her category; 1st place Essay; 1st place Music; 1st place Science; 2nd place Art; 2nd place Speech; 3rd place Language and Literature; 3rd place Social Science; and 4th place Math!”
Other Connelly students on the JV team who earned awards last season are:
- Sarah Akhtar – 5th place Speech
- Philomena Ninh – 5th place Language and Literature
Last year’s captain, Veronica Wareham ’18, won the Janet Hooper Challenge Award. This award is given to only one decathlete in the county, and comes with a $1,000 scholarship.
The Orange County Academic Decathlon (OCAD) invites public and private high school students to compete in a series of academic tests and demonstrations in order to inspire academic excellence and build 21st century skills that prepare students for college and careers. The OCAD program is uniquely designed to engage and challenge students of all academic abilities and achievement levels. Teams of students prepare for a competition of academic strength, focused on language and literature, science, mathematics, social science, economics, art, music, essay, interview, and speech.*
*”The Orange County Academic Decathlon,” 2019. Retrieved from http://www.ocde.us/Decathlon/Pages/default.aspx