O'Connor and Clark HS Academic Decathlon State Qualifiers
Academic Decathlon is a program that provides high school students across the U.S. an opportunity to experience the challenges of rigorous academic competition through participation in team activities. In addition, the Academic Decathlon involves members of the business/industry as active supporters of a program promoting academic excellence. Students are tested in 10 categories: Art, Economics, Essay, Music, Language and Literature, Speech, Interview, Mathematics, Science, and Super Quiz. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded for individual and team scores. Winning teams advance through local, regional, and state levels of competition.
Two NISD schools advanced to the state-level competition. Those Northside teams advancing on to the state level were Clark High School, who placed 36th, and O'Connor High School, who placed third in Super Quiz team and sixth overall in the state.
JA Banks in Action National Qualifiers
O'Connor GT Leadership students qualified as one of the top 10 teams for the Banks in Action North American Competition to be held in New York City this summer. Sponsor Citi Bank is paying all the expenses for the teams and their Teachers to go to the two-day competition. The Banks in Action competition is a volunteer-led program where students learn the fundamentals of the banking industry and then have the opportunity to apply what they learned in a competitive environment using computer simulation.
Duke University Talent Search Program Grand Level Winners
Three seventh grade GT students in NISD scored at the Grand Recognition Level of the Duke University annual Talent Search Program. SAT or ACT college entrance examinations are administered through the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP). Duke TIP routinely evaluates their ceremony score levels to make sure that they are in line with the national percentile rankings (NPR) for juniors and seniors (traditional testers) taking the SAT and ACT. Duke TIP has set the grand level criteria at approximately the 90 percent NPR.