Warrior AcaDeca brings home hardware from two scrimmages & prepares for upcoming Jan. 19 Regional @ Midland U
2018-2019 Academic Decathlon topic of study: The 1960's
American author Dave Barry recently stated that “The Sixties are now considered a historical period, just like the Roman Empire.”
The decade has been selected by the United States Academic Decathlon as its 2018-2019 topic of study, and the WHS AcaDeca class has been studying all aspects of the 1960s since the beginning of the school year . . . from the Presidency of John F. Kennedy to Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon, and everything in between!
In preparation for their regional competition (scheduled for Jan. 19 at Midland University), the Warrior team has recently participated in two area scrimmages: Saturday, Nov. 3 at Pius X High School in Lincoln, and Saturday, Dec. 1 at Daniel Gross High School in Bellevue.
At the Pius scrimmage, students competed in the areas of Art, Language and Literature, and Mathematics, as well as a Super Quiz, covering the Social Studies curriculum.
Congratulations to the following Pius medalists:
Noah Polacek & Michael Holmes: GOLD in the Super Quiz
Noah Polacek (Scholastic): GOLD Mathematics, SILVER Language & Literature, Wahoo’s Top Scorer
Michael Holmes (Varsity): BRONZE Language & Literature, BRONZE Mathematics
Brett Whitaker (Novice): SILVER Art, SILVER Mathematics
Congratulations to Warrior AcaDeca students who medaled at the Nov. 3 Pius X Scrimmage (from left): Noah Polacek, Michael Holmes, and Brett Whitaker.
At the Gross scrimmage, students competed in the areas of Economics, Music, and Science, as well as a Social Studies Super Quiz.
Congratulations to the following Gross Medalists:
Team of Nick Fuller, Alec Gettert, Michael Holmes, Tucker Janecek, Noah Polacek & Jackson Taylor: 2nd Place in the Super Quiz
Noah Polacek (Scholastic): GOLD Science, GOLD Music, BRONZE Economics, Wahoo’s Top Scorer (HOLY BUCKETS!)
Marshall Elder (Varsity): BRONZE Science
Michael Holmes (Varsity): BRONZE Music
Mara Dobesh (Novice): SILVER Music
Tucker Janecek (Novice): BRONZE Economics
Academic Decathlon is a national, ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. Each high school team consists of six students: two Honors students (“A” GPA), two Scholastic students (“B” GPA), and two Varsity students (“C” or below GPA). At State, teams are increased to three students per category.
The purpose of the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) is to develop and provide academic competitions, curriculum, and assessment to promote learning and academic excellence through teamwork among students of all achievement levels.
The 2018-2019 Academic Decathlon topic of study is the 1960s. Students have spent the school year studying the following:
• SCIENCE: The science topic is an introduction to laser technology and its applications.
• LANGUAGE & LITERATURE: The literature curriculum includes critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature is the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard.
• ART: The art curriculum includes a section on art fundamentals and largely focuses on an introduction to the art of the 1960s.
• MUSIC: The music curriculum provides an introduction to the music of the 1960s.
• SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum covers U.S. history in the 1960s.
• ECONOMICS: The economics curriculum covers fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics, and also includes a thematic section on the U.S. economy in the 1960s.
• MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum covers permutations and combinations, algebra, and statistics.
Congratulations Warrior AcaDeca on a great start to your season at your scrimmages, and good luck at the regional competition!
As an enhancement to their study of the Sixties, Warrior AcaDeca students enjoyed the opportunity to attend a symposium featuring American Journalist, Historian, and Presidential Biographer Jon Meacham, who spoke on "Tumult, Tragedy and Hope: America in 1968 from a Half Century Perspective." The event was held at the Lied Center in Lincoln on Oct. 9, 2018, and was part of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.