LINCOLN (SNR/PX) The academic decathlon team from Pius X High School in Lincoln placed fifth in Division II at the 2016 United States Academic Decathlon in Anchorage, Alaska April 28-29.
The national competition is split into three divisions based on school size. This was the third consecutive trip to the national competition for the Pius X “aca deca” team after once again winning the Nebraska state competition earlier this spring.
A highlight of the performance was the claiming three individual gold medals, including a perfect score by Catherine Kruger in the art competition. Liam Kruse received a scholarship for placing second overall in the Honors category, and posted the highest individual score for Pius X. Henry Jaros also received a scholarship, being voted most valuable team member by his peers.
Five students earned individual medals at the national meet: Liam Kruse, who received bronze in economics (Honors) and math, silver in music, literature, science and art, and gold in social science; Catherine Kruger who received silver in economics and gold in math and art (perfect score); Lisa Vu who received silver in math; Henry Jaros who received bronze in math (Scholastic) and Cole Johnson who received bronze in social science (Varsity).
The Pius team is coached by Ann Kotopka, Shiela Sievert, Mary Jo Kopf, Margaret Kaiser-Woodward and Father Steven Mills.
Ranking among the top 5% of all Catholic high schools in the country, Pius X provides an affordable, Catholic education in a positive environment. Students deepen their faith and knowledge, and have opportunities to pursue their talents and passions. With its largest enrollment ever at 1,225 students, Pius X has served the Lincoln community for 60 years and works to instill six core values - excellence, service, purpose, faith, integrity and charity - into the next generation of leaders. Learn more about at www.piusx.net, Facebook.com/RestoreAllThings and @PiusXLincoln.