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Local school places second at national academic competition

LINCOLN (SNR/PX) - The academic decathlon team from Pius X High School in Lincoln claimed second place in Division II at the 2015 United States Academic Decathlon.

Held in Garden Grove, Calif., on April 16-18, Pius X placed eighth overall out of 46 teams. The national competition is split into three divisions based on school size.

A highlight of Pius X’s performance was a gold medal earned in the Super Quiz competition. The Super Quiz team participants included: Philip Hanigan, Liam Kruse, Catherine Krueger (honors); Henry Jaros, Jacob Schreiber, Anna Tetherow (scholastic); and Noah Schimenti, Freddie Barie, and Esther Brown (varsity). Additionally, Pius X senior Philip Hanigan led Pius X individually, and ranked 11th out of all academic decathlon competitors, and the Pius X team members brought home more than 20 individual medals.

This is the second year in a row that Pius X won the state competition and earned the trip to compete on the national level. The team is coached by Mrs. Ann Kotopka, Mrs. Shiela Sievert, Ms. Mary Jo Kopf and Mrs. Margaret Kaiser-Woodward.

As the central Catholic high school in Lincoln, Pius X’s mission is to enrich the mind, heart and soul of each student through a Christ-centered, Catholic environment that provides academic excellence and preparation to achieve a meaningful, faith-filled life.

Now in its 59th year and serving more than 1,165 students in grades 9-12, Pius X is guided by Pope St. Pius X’s motto, “Restore all things in Christ.” Pius X earned recognition by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as a 2014 School of Excellence, ranking it amongst the top five percent of Catholic high schools in the country.

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