St. Raymond excels at academic decathlon


This story was submitted by Kim McNair, a St. Raymond School spokesperson.

St. Raymond School in Menlo Park beat all but one of its competitors in the 14th annual Academic Decathlon, held Saturday (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.

Congratulations to the St. Raymond team, which included 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 diligently for the last five months to prepare this team. "It was my honor to work with these great children and watch them grow and thrive," Mr. Sullivan said.

The competition encompassed logic, science, math, history, fine arts, literature, social studies, religion, and current events. St. Raymond 8th 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, 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.

"It was wonderful that St. Raymond did so well this weekend, but the real win was the incredible academic journey our children took along the way," said Cecilia Diaz, a St. Raymond parent. "By participating in this event, my 13 year old son Joseph developed a deep appreciation of learning and an even greater understanding of the amazing education he has received at St. Raymond."

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Posted by Luke Lonergan
a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm

It was amazing how hard the team worked on this competition. It was also really nice to see how much fun all the schools had competing in the SuperQuiz.

Great event for the kids - I'm really enthusiastic about the results and the process.

Go St. Raymonds!

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Posted by Aisling MacRunnels
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm

The dedication of the school, staff and academic coaches was outstanding. The kids were so motivated and driven to learn and succeed. It was really fun to be part of this. My daughter has benefited enormously. St. Raymond is such a unique, wonderful place.

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Posted by Cecilia Diaz
a resident of another community
on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:11 am

The kids really enjoyed being on the decathlon team, they studied hard but also had a lot of fun. I am very proud of how much dedication and work they (and the coaches) put into taking them to the TOP- second place overall in the competition!! St Raymond rocks!

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