Decathlon team wins fourth place statewide


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St. Joseph Academy, representing the Diocese of San Diego, took fourth-place overall in the Catholic Schools Academic Junior High Decathlon state championship. The competition, which was hosted by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, was held April 6 at St. Pius School in Redwood City, California. As the first-place winners at the San Diego Diocese level, the team from St. Joseph Academy was pitted against 12 other school teams, each of which had been the victors in their own diocesan-level competitions. Led by head coach Sylvia Berens, this was the first time the St. Joseph Academy team had ever competed at the state level. In addition to their fourth-place overall, the team also won fourth place in the Super Quiz and fifth place in Logic. Also, seven of the eight students competing in individual events also received awards, including first place, Current Events; second place, English Grammar; third place, Fine Arts; third place, Science; third place, Religion; sixth place, Literature; and sixth place, Social Studies. On March 2, the St. Joseph Academy team earned its spot at the state competition by winning at the diocesan level, where it competed against teams from 20 other schools in the Diocese of San Diego.

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