St. Raymond, the K-8 private Catholic school in Menlo Park, beat all but one of its competitors in the 14th annual Academic Decathlon, held March 6 at St. Pius School in Redwood City.
In a sea of competitive academic teams, the team from Menlo Park took first place over 16 schools in the 50-question Super Quiz battle, and second place overall.
Members of the St. Raymond team were James Albera, Sarah Banks, Joseph Diaz, Colleen Hamilton, Lucas Lonergan, Cecilia Marshall, Molly Quinton, Yasmine El-Hage, Fiona Jackson, Celia Kelly, Caoimhe MacRunnels, Sarah Scannell, Katherine Yancey and Marifer McCavitt.
Mr. Patrick Sullivan and his academic coaches, teachers, and parents from St. Raymond, worked for five months to prepare this team.
The competition encompassed logic, science, math, history, fine arts, literature, social studies, religion, and current events.
St. Raymond eighth-grade co-captains, Mollie Quinton and Colleen Hamilton, brought home the gold and bronze medals in social studies and science, respectively.
The finale of the day was unquestionably the "Super Quiz." After nearly an hour and a half of head-to-head questions in a raucous game show-like atmosphere, St. Raymond and St. Gabriel, the winner 10 years in a row, emerged ahead of all their rivals.
That led to the overtime tiebreaker between St. Raymond and St. Gabriel with St. Raymond securing the victory and taking first place.