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.