Rainfall on the day of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego’s Academic Decathlon competition Saturday, March 2nd, didn’t stop the team from St. Gregory the Great Catholic School from pulling off several victories. The team of ten earned second place overall out of 21 other Catholic schools in the diocese, with individual success for Patrick O’Leary (1st in Math and Writing), Emily Engler (1st in Literature) and Ethan Scanlon (4th in Fine Arts). The entire team then focused on the highly competitive Super Quiz to score another 2nd place win. The Academic Decathlon team has been meeting once a week since September to prepare for the March competition. Each student is responsible for fine-tuning their logic skills, as well as reading the assigned books for their individual subjects.
In addition to excelling throughout the Diocese, St. Gregory the Great students celebrated Read Across America in commemoration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Mystery Readers, including parents and grandparents volunteered to read their favorite Dr. Seuss book in the classrooms. Students created reading bookmarks (1st place – Faith Beltran, 5th grade, 2nd place – Cole Gouslin, 5th grade, and 3rd place – Zoya Persson, 2nd grade) and tried to match the faculty and staff to their favorite childhood book. Working from hints given by the faculty/staff members, students from kindergarten through eighth grade tried to match up the books. Elliot Mell (7th grade), notebook in hand, meticulously kept track of the clues to pull out the win and was awarded a $10 gift card to the school’s Guardian Snack Shack. Additionally, students dressed as their favorite book characters and pledged their love of reading by weaving a community heart.
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