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Arriving at SECA at 6:30 a.m., taking a bus to Lathrop High School, spending hours in a classroom taking seven tests: SECA’s Academic Decathlon team dedicated Saturday, February 4th, to this competition.

They first took the Science, Math, Economics, Music, and Social Science tests. After, they took a lunch break, and finished with Art and Literature. (The Essay portion was done in class, and the Speech and Interview portion was done at the San Joaquin County Office of Education building on Saturday, January 28th.)

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Last Minute Studying: It Happens Anywhere Jasmine Louie (11) and Shaohua Huang (11) are studying during the lunch break at Academic Decathlon, and Tiffany Huynh (11) is spending her lunch break using her phone and eating. Because the only subjects left to be tested were Art and Literature, Louie and Huang studied for them. “Studying from the last-minute cram kits helped refresh my memory on Art and Literature,” Louie said.

Following the tests was the Super Quiz, which was centered around this year’s theme of World War 2; Varsity, Scholastic, and Honors teams of each division answered multiple choice questions in front of the audience. Varsity Division 1 ended with 13 points and Varsity Division 2 with 16 points, Scholastic Division 1 ended with 19 points and Scholastic Division 2 with 15 points, and Honors Division 1 ended with 22 points and Division 2 with 23 points.

During the Award Ceremony, medals for Alternates were announced first. Three SECA Decathletes received a medal, one being Lailah Hortelano (10). For Hortelano, it was her second time competing, but her first time placing.

“I focused on Science the most, but I didn’t expect to medal because I feel like I could’ve studied more,” Hortelano said.

After announcing medals for Alternates, medals for Division 2 were announced. Alaina Fua (12) was the first Decathlete from the team to medal in Division 2.

“I didn’t think I was going to medal in Speech,” Fua said. “I felt pretty confident about Econ. because I focused on that the most, but not for Speech because throughout my speech, the judges had a stern look on their faces.”

Along with the Speech medal, Fua also received medals in Econ and Math.

“This year was the first year I medalled, so I would say this was the perfect birthday present,” Fua said.

On the other hand, Fatima Hernandez (11) had already medalled in previous years.

“I focused a lot on Art, Literature, and Social Science. I was surprised about Math because it’s my weakest area, but most of the stuff on the test was stuff I’m learning in Pre-Cal,” Hernandez said.

In addition to medalling in those subjects, Hernandez also placed first in the Varsity category for Division 2.

The Overall Team award for Division 2 was announced after the individual medals, and SECA placed first.

Division 1 medals followed. For Shaohua Huang (11), she received third place in Art, second place in Literature, and second place in Interview.

“I thought I did horrible on my interview,” Huang said. “When my name was announced, I wasn’t listening because I didn’t think I was going to place. I had to walk over to the podium and ask the announcer which medal I was supposed to receive.”

Placing third overall in the Scholastic category for Division 1 was a surprise to Huang.

“I thought I did bad on everything,” Huang said.

The Award Ceremony came to an end with the Division 1 team awards. SECA placed third in the Class Level category, and also placed third in the Overall Team Division 1 category.

Congratulations to the 2017 Academic Decathlon team and Ms. Kelly for a job well done!

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Dressed to Impress The Academic Decathlon starters had just finished the first portion of the competition with the Interview and Speech. For Nikhil Menon (10), it was his first time being a starter. “I thought the interview was easy since it wasn’t as grueling and didn’t need much studying,” Menon said, “But the speech was harder to me because I had to memorize the speech and try to make the time cut.”

Division 1: Overall Team (1st place)

Division 2: Class Level (3rd place) and Overall Team (3rd place)

The top individual performers:

Art (Division 2) Lesley Avila Varsity – 1st place
Art (Division 1) Shaohua Huang Scholastic – 3rd place
Art (Division 1) Neha Patel Scholastic – 3rd place
Art (Division 1) Daniella Caluza Honors – 3rd place
Economics (Division 2) Alaina Fua Honors – 1st place
Economics (Division 1) Wesley Lim Varsity – 1st place
Literature (Alternate) Saba Khan 3rd place
Literature (Alternate) Alina Chen 1st place
Literature (Division 2) Fatima Hernandez Varsity – 1st place
Literature (Division 2) Nikhil Menon Scholastic – 1st place
Literature (Division 1) Logan Samoy Varsity – 2nd place
Literature (Division 1) Shaohua Huang Scholastic – 2nd place
Literature (Division 1) Andy Lok Scholastic – 1st place
Math (Division 2) Fatima Hernandez Varsity – 1st place
Math (Division 2) Alaina Fua Honors – 1st place
Math (Division 1) Travis Vo Varsity – 3rd place
Math (Division 1) Wesley Lim Varsity – 1st place
Math (Division 1) Andy Lok Scholastic – 3rd place
Math (Division 1) Daniella Caluza Honors – 3rd place
Music (Division 2) Nikhil Menon Scholastic – 1st place
Music (Division 2) Alyssa Fua Honors – 1st place
Science (Alternate) Lailah Hortelano 1st place
Science (Division 1) Wesley Lim Varsity – 3rd place
Science (Division 1) Andy Dong Honors – 3rd place
Social Science (Division 2) Fatima Hernandez Varsity – 1st place
Social Science (Division 2) Alyssa Fua Honors – 1st place
Interview (Division 1) Travis Vo Varsity – 3rd place
Interview (Division 1) Shaohua Huang Scholastic – 2nd place
Speech (Division 2) Alaina Fua Honors – 1st place
Top Overall Students (Division 2) Fatima Hernandez Varsity – 1st place
Top Overall Students (Division 1) Shaohua Huang Scholastic – 3rd place

 

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