The Academic Decathlon team from The Parish School at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point won first place at the 22nd annual Diocese of Orange Junior High Academic Decathlon. The competition was held March 3 at Santa Margarita Catholic High School.
The day began with Bishop Vann celebrating Mass for the decathletes, their families and school communities from the seventeen schools who participated. They include: St. Junipero Serra Catholic School, St. Cecilia Catholic School, The Parish School at St. Edward Church, Mission Basilica School, St. Norbert School, St. Catherine of Siena School, Our Lady of Fatima School, Blessed Sacrament School, St. Francis of Assisi School, School of Our Lady, St. Irenaeus School, St. Barbara School, Sts. Simon & Jude School, St. Bonaventure School, Our Lady Queen of Angels School, St. Anne Parish School and St. Hedwig School.
The team from The Parish School took home top honors overall as well as in the following categories: Super Quiz, Current Events, Fine Arts, Literature, Religion, Social Studies and Writing.
“We are so incredibly proud of our Academic Decathlon team who has worked diligently over the past six months, along with our dedicated group of teachers and parents, to master their subject areas and ultimately share their God-given talents at Saturday’s competition,” said Dr. Catherine Muzzy, Principal of The Parish School at St. Edward the Confessor. “The Academic Decathlon program demonstrates the academic talent and leadership amongst our Catholic school learners in Orange County, and we are honored to represent the Diocese in next month’s state competition.”
The Parish School at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church will represent the Diocese of Orange at the State of California competition on Saturday, April 14 in San Diego. This is the eighth time that the school will represent the Diocese of Orange. The Parish School has won the State Championship five times, most recently in 2016.