St. Michael’s School earned first place overall out of 21 schools at the 21st Annual San Diego Diocese Academic Junior High Decathlon Competition in March, qualifying them to compete in the State Academic Junior High Decathlon in Sacramento in April. “It was a joy for me to work with these students and to see them rewarded for their hard work and dedication to learning,” said Academic Decathlon Coach Malini Paye. “The best part was watching them build lasting friendships and learn important teamwork lessons through this experience.”

In addition to qualifying for the state competition, the St. Michael’s team earned first place in the team logic competition and second place in the team super quiz competition. Six students also earned awards in their individual events: Stacy Widyono (first place in science), Hayden Jackson (first place in literature), Treasa Paul (third place in religion), Paola Simi (fourth place in social studies), Natasha Tavares (fourth place in writing), and Pierre Paye (fifth place in current events).

Once in Sacramento, the team continued to succeed. They placed first in Super Quiz; Stacy Widyono again placed first in science; and eighth grader Jane Cox placed second in fine arts.