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Lourdes Academic Decathlon Team Places Second in Nation

NEBRASKA CITY (SNR) - The Lourdes Central Catholic Academic Decathlon team achieved a new high mark when they competed in the "Small School On-Line National" finals in April and placed second.

The small school designation applies to schools with 650 or fewer students. With a high school of 108 students, Lourdes was the smallest school by far to compete.

The on-line competition tests eight events: language and literature, art, math, music, economics, science, social studies, and essay.

Students are divided into three levels, determined by their GPA in core classes for the previous two years: Honor, Scholastic, and Varsity. They then compete against others at their level. Individual medals are awarded to the first, second, and third place winners of each event at each level. The nine Lourdes team members won a total of 18 individual medals, with everyone on the team winning at least one medal, and were also each awarded a silver medal for their second place team finish.

Junior James O’Neil and senior Colby McGinley placed second and third respectively and won  scholarships for their total individual score among all competitors at the Honor level. Senior Jeff Lechner was awarded a scholarship for his third place finish in the nation at the Scholastic level.

James O’Neil also won a scholarship and plaque for having the highest total score for the team. He also had a perfect score on the Super Quiz test-the only perfect score attained by any individual at Nationals!

The team is coached by Diana Harris, Mary Ann Liesemeyer and Molly Reuland.

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