Escalon High Stu­dents Gear Up For De­cathlon

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACKSON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

The San Joaquin County Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion (SJCOE) is host­ing the 36th An­nual Aca­demic De­cathlon Com­pe­ti­tion this week­end, with stu­dents from sev­eral high schools – in­clud­ing Escalon – ready to do bat­tle.

The 2017 theme is World War II and the Su­per Quiz event and awards cer­e­mony are open to the pub­lic on Satur­day, Feb. 4 at Lathrop High School, 647 Spar­tan Way, Lathrop. The Su­per Quiz starts at 2 p.m.; awards fol­low at about 3:30 p.m.

Escalon’s com­pet­ing team in­cludes Rox­ana Mo­rales, Matthew Lima, Brooke An­der­son,

Bryt­ton Mel­lor, Rachel Swift, John Hunter and Alexan­der Garza.

Swift, a se­nior, joined in for the first time this year.

“The topic this year is World War II and that re­ally fas­ci­nates me,” Swift ex­plained.

“I came in not know­ing a whole lot about it; it sur­prised me how much fun the prac­tices are.”

Es­says and speeches were held pre­vi­ously, Jan. 28, but this week­end will see all the com­pet­ing team mem­bers take part in the Su­per Quiz and an­other bat­tery of tests in mul­ti­ple sub­jects, with al­ter­nates also tak­ing tests in the var­i­ous sub­jects.

Ju­nior Brooke An­der­son is an­other first year par­tic­i­pant.

“I just wanted to learn more, I’m a lit­tle ner­vous but the prac­tices have been good,” she said.

She feels she has ben­e­fited from lis­ten­ing to team­mates’ speeches, which have helped her im­prove her own.

Ju­nior Matthew Lima is back for a sec­ond year on the team but his first as a starter.

“I have more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties this year, my score af­fects the other team­mates so I want to do more, work to im­prove for the team,’ he said.

A se­nior, Mo­rales is a re­turn­ing vet­eran to the start­ing team, back for a sec­ond year, start­ing as a sopho­more and now again as a se­nior.

“You just have to trust that you won’t get ner­vous,” she said of per­form­ing in the tough aca­demic set­ting. “I’d say his­tory and so­cial sci­ence are my fa­vorite ar­eas.”

She also pointed to the Su­per Quiz as be­ing “the most un­nerv­ing” be­cause all eyes are on those in­volved, but she said she is hope­ful that this year’s team will do a good job rep­re­sent­ing the school.

Ge­orge Me­gen­ney re­turns for an­other year as ad­vi­sor of the AcaDec group.

Along with Escalon, other schools sched­uled to com­pete in­clude Lathrop, Lin­coln, Man­teca, McNair, Mid­dle Col­lege, Tracy, Mer­rill F. West, Ce­sar E. Chavez, Mil­len­nium, and Moun­tain House high schools, as well as Stock­ton Early Col­lege Academy.

MARG JACKSON/THE TIMES

Look­ing for­ward to lead­ing the Escalon High School Aca­demic De­cathlon team into this week­end’s com­pe­ti­tion are starters in­clud­ing, clock­wise from bot­tom left, Matthew Lima, Brooke An­der­son, Rachel Swift and Rox­ana Mo­rales.

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