Lone Star Academic Decathlon Team Wins State Championship
Feb 27, State Champion Lone Star Academic Decathlon Team in scholarship money from the Texas Academic Decathlon State Competition. Max was also awarded $ for being the 5th highest score at the meet in his division. Texas Academic Decathlon Imparting Knowledge | Breaking Barriers Texas is in an elite group of competitors with 11 national championships in the last AcDec Team Heads to State Friday Highland Park's Academic Decathlon team is headed to the Texas State Championship Meet at Irving.
The two offer exams and study guides that can augment or replace USAD's official materials.
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Teams felt obligated to buy the guides because USAD based the official tests on them. Teams also denounced the hundreds of errors they found in the official guides; coaches were sometimes forced to instruct their students to deliberately give the wrong answer in the official competition.
Frank Dobie High School team that won the national competition, said that the decision to market guides shifted Academic Decathlon's emphasis to memorization over critical thinking. The Art Basic Guide focuses on art fundamentals, such as the elements of artprinciples of compositionand different 2-D and 3-D techniques.
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Additionally, a brief introduction to art history is included. The Language and Literature Basic Guide provides students with a basic grounding in the analysis of literature and introduces key terms such as synecdochemetonymyassonanceand aphorism.
The Math Basic Guide offers a general overview of major topics in high school math, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and statistics. The Music Basic Guide begins by introducing the student to topics in music theory such as harmonicsrhythmtempoand the circle of fifths.
It also includes information on a wide variety of instruments and a brief history of Western music. In the s, the Association did not endorse Academic Decathlon, citing what it believes was an excessive amount of time involved with the studying necessary to win.
It stated that while it is not opposed to the academic portion of the competition, it disliked the "national dimension" of it. Only the top two scores from the Honors, Scholastic and Varsity divisions are counted for the team score. Until60, was the maximum possible team score. InSuper Quiz became a 10, point event that only counts for the team score, making the maximum possible team score 70, The math test is weighted more heavily, with 35 questions worth approximately Untilthe Super Quiz written test contained 40 questions, each worth 15 points.
Depending on the state director, the relay component of Super Quiz contained either 5 or 10 questions, each worth 80 or 40 points respectively.
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Starting inthe Super Quiz contained only the relay component with 5 or 10 questions, each worth approximately All tying participants are awarded medals. Though the medals are given out only to winners of the competitions, teams can order them along with other study materials.Texas Academic Decathlon Live Stream
The interview and speech events are graded by two to three judges. The scores from the judges are averaged to give a maximum of 1, points per event. The essay is graded with a rubric and is read by two different judges whose scores are then averaged. If the difference between the judges' scores differs by points or more, then a third reader is asked to grade the student's essay. The two scores that are closest in value are averaged to give the final score.
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As an example, for the —03 season, scores ranged from 24, to 49, points. The cheating allowed Steinmetz to beat perennial powerhouse Whitney Young Magnet High Schoolwho had won the Illinois state finals in 22 of the previous 23 years.
Six of the twelve students in the nation who scored over points on the math test came from Steinmetz High School, prompting the Illinois state Academic Decathlon to suspect cheating. Confusion arose over a Catholic Memorial student's essay after the results of the competition were released. The essay had only received points out of a possibleand Burke contended that it had been scored improperly.
Academic Decathlon Team beats school record at State Meet | Friendswood High School
The teams entered ranked 7th, 8th, 9th, 17th, 20th, and 21st, respectively, and left the State competition ranked 8th, 7th, 9th, 18th, 17th, and 19th, respectively. Pine Tree placed second out of 13 competing schools. The Nimitz team took first place with 43, points and was ranked fifth across the state based on Regional scores; at StateNimitz placed second.
Keller took second place with 41, points and ranked 10th; the school improved to 6th at State. Marcus 39,Flower Mound 38,and Creekview 37, rounded out the top five and advanced to State. Marcus dropped from 17th to 18th at State and Creekview improved from 29th to 20th. The Nimitz team took first place with 42, points and was ranked seventh across the state based on Regional scores; at StateNimitz placed fourth.
Marcus took second place with 41, points and ranked 10th; the team held its 10th place spot at State. Creekview 40,Keller 39,and Fossil Ridge 39, rounded out the top five and advanced to State.
Creekview improved to 7th place from 14th, Keller moved up to 11th place from 18th, and Fossil Ridge dropped to 25th from 20th.
Instead, Keller High School took the coveted title, with a score of 44, giving it a 2nd overall rank across Texas. At Statewith a score of 46, the team managed to beat out tough competition from Lubbock, Holmes, and Plano Senior to give Region IX its first National appearance ever.
There, Keller took 4th place with 45, Nimitz took second place with 41, points and ranked fifth. Though the team improved to 43, points at State, it fell back to sixth place. Creekview 41,Marcus 40,and Fossil Ridge 38, rounded out the top five and advanced to State. Creekview dropped from 7th to 10th place, Marcus maintained 13th place, and Fossil Ridge dropped to 22nd from 20th at State.