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Neumann students earn medals at Decathlon

Neumann students earn medals at Decathlon

In the Central PA Fall Scrimmage, Nov. 14, the Academic Decathlon team from St. John Neumann Regional Academy brought home nine medals. The students who participated were high school students from grades ninth through 12th, coached by teacher Nikki Bartholomew and assisted in math preparation by teacher Lisa Winter.

The U.S. Academic Decathlon is a nonprofit formed to “inspire students to work together to learn more than they ever thought possible,” according to its website.

The students competed in objective and subjective areas of performance chosen from the following content areas: Art, language and literature, essay, economics, math, music, science, social science, speech and super quiz which features a different format and focuses on just one of the areas of performance.

Students earning medals were from the honors and varsity levels, distinguished by their academic grade point averages.

Bartholomew was proud of her students’ performance as they were down three teammates from their original roster.

“There were only three teams in the competition that earned more medals,” the coach said, and those competitors had all gone on to the state championship the year before.

Bartholomew, in her fourth year as coach, said she “learned on the job” and “fell in love with it.” Of her students, she said, “these are my people. They intentionally learn new things and are competitive.”

Another scrimmage is slated to be held in January, with the state contest the end goal for all the competitors.

Senior Victoria Edkin, who has competed in the academic decathlon at St. John Neumann since she was a freshman, noted that with experience “every year gets easier.”

SJNRA decathlon medalists

Victoria Edkin, senior

Varsity: Silver medals in art and social science.

Corey Agnew, freshman

Varsity: Silver medal in social science.

Katie Folman, freshman

Honors: Silver medals in art and essay.

Elliott McKelvey, freshman

Honors: Bronze medal for art.

Elizabeth Schall, sophomore

Honors: Silver medals in art and social science and a bronze in literature.

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