NISD decathletes excel at state competition

February 24, 2014

Fifty teams from across the state of Texas including Stevens and Warren high schools competed in the Texas Academic Decathlon (AcDec) this past weekend to a fanfare of well-wishers and supporters. With nine members per team, more than 450 students competed.

Students receiving individual awards included: from Stevens HS, Jesus Garza, 3rd place, Speech; Joshua Ratta, 2nd place, Social Science; and Mauricio Garcia, 1st place, Mathematics; and from Warren HS, Phillip Moraniec, 1st place, Interviews; and Dylan Creutz, 1st place, Speech.

Pictured are both teams after the awards ceremony along with their coaches, campus principals, and Central Office representatives.

In addition, a highlight of the awards ceremony was the announcement of the State Academic Decathlon Coach of the Year award presented to Terry Zablocki, a Speech teacher and AcDec coach at Warren HS (pictured below). 

The Academic Decathlon promotes student achievement by providing a format in which high school students compete in various academic areas. In addition to a seven-minute interview, a one-hour essay and two speeches, written comprehensive exams are given in music, art, language/literature, mathematics, economics, (social) science, and the Super Quiz.