By StAFF     5/17/2018

The Academic Decathlon Team from The Parish School at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point was named State Champions at the State Junior High Academic Decathlon held last month at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego.  

The team represented the Diocese of Orange after winning first place overall at the local competition back in March. They completed against more than 110 students from 10 California Catholic schools and one school from the Archdiocese of Denver. 

The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a rigorous competition designed for Catholic students in sixth to eighth grade.  The one-day competition features ten rounds, including two collaborative, team events.  The remaining nine events are individual, where one team member focuses on a dedicated topic – Religion, English, Literature, Writing, Science, Mathematics, Current Events, Social Studies, and Fine Arts.   

“The continued success of our Academic Decathlon team is due to our dedicated and talented student athletes who have diligently worked over the past eight months to master their subject areas with our passionate volunteer coaching team of teachers and parent volunteers,” said Dr. Catherine Muzzy, Principal of The Parish School at St. Edward the Confessor and Head Coach. “The Academic Decathlon program is just one example of the academic strength and leadership present in Catholic schools both in the Diocese of Orange and throughout the country…” 

This is the sixth state title for The Parish School at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, as they won in 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015 and 2016.