Dana Point Times
The Academic Decathlon team from St. Edward the Confessor Parish School in Dana Point took overall top honors at the state competition held on April 17 in Sacramento, with the highest scores.
The team was one of 10 who advanced to state after winning their respective diocesan competitions in March.
Academic decathlon consists of 10 contests, two of which are team events—Logic Quiz and Super Quiz—and the other eight are individual challenges.
In addition to the team victory, with a second place finish in both team events, Ryan Barta was third in social studies, Kate Cerniglia was fifth in fine arts, Claire Crafts was first in religion, Rich Meyer earned a fourth-place finish in English, Gavin Rissling came in first in literature, Meagan Rowlett was the current events winner with a perfect score, Nicky Rowlett was second in math and Matthew Sloss was fourth in science.
Team members who did not compete in individual events but contributed greatly to the team effort were Will Brady, Katie Macfee and Grand Reskey.
The students were coached by school faculty members and parents.