Super Quiz Relay State Champions
The first state championship for the Alice Academic Decathlon team. The team place second in 2015, third in 2005, 2011 and 2013.
Alice High School’s score of 50,292 broke the 5A State Record, previously set by Rockwall H.S. in 2011. Alice defeated Heath H.S. from Rockwall I.S.D. and 28 other state qualifying teams to earn the state title. Alice and Heath swapped places from last year’s meet when Heath won and Alice was 2nd.
Team Members include: Lainy Eberhard, Jose Perez, Rose Torres, Dustin Money, Adrian Cantu, Autumn Flores, Marcos Ruiz, Gus Gonzalez, Shivam Desai, and Javi Martinez.
Each team member won $1,500 scholarship.
The Competition Material
The competition has 10 events: three subjective events (that use live judges) and seven objective events scored by scantron. The 10 event competition annually revolves around a theme.
This year’s theme was “India” which included India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
The subjective events include Essay, Speech, and an Interview. Math, this year, was Statistics, followed by Music Theory and musical selections ranging from folk music to Bollywood. Economics consisted of Macro and Micro Economics, as well as a special research section on current economic issues in India. The Science topic was primarily Environmental Science, inspired by the biodiversity of India. The Art event covered Art History with 18 works of Art covering all the major developments of the different regions of India. For the Literature competition students studied the novel “Nectar in a Sieve” detailing the struggles of an early 20th century share-cropping family in India and how the impact of Imperialism and industrialization transformed their lives. Team members also studied speeches by Gandhi and Nehru as India prepared for its 1947 independence from Great Britain. There were three philosophical essays by Salman Rushdie investigating the identity of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh since the departure of the British, emphasizing the role of the English language and literature. These themes were studied further in a poem by Ezekiel (a descendant of Jewish immigrants in India), and a short story by Jhumpa Lahiri which details the lives of Indian immigrants in the U.S. The last objective event was History. This may have been the most difficult event because the material covered nearly 1,000 years of Indian history.
An Academic Decathlon team consists of three Honor students, three Scholastic students and three Varsity students (determined by cumulative g.p.a.’s from the previous two school years). The top two overall scorers from each division combine for the Overall Team Total. In the objective exams, each of those six ‘scorers’ will be responsible for 335 questions (exams are 50 questions which must be completed in 30 minutes, except for Math which is 35 questions in 30 minutes). The maximum score in each event is 1,000 points.
State Meet Controversy
The State Meet got started with controversy over the essay exams (written on-line two weeks earlier) and how they were graded. Many coaches expressed concern about inconsistencies in the application of the scoring rubric. As a result, many of the teams’ top scorers ended up with the lowest essay scores. Because a new scoring program was used and hard copies of scores were not available for verification which left many teams scrambling to determine how much the essay scores could affect the outcome of the meet.
Alice was one of those teams.
Despite being one of the better essay writing teams so far this season, Alice started off the competition, after just one event (Essay), nearly 1,000 points behind. It would take until the 9th event to finally get within striking distance to win the meet. When all was said and done the team from Alice outscored then next best team by over 1,600 points on the seven objective events.
In addition to the individual awards that team members earn (within their respective g.p.a. division), team scores by subject are also calculated. Below are Alice Academic Decathlon’s team ranks by subject:
Math – 3rd
Music – 1st
Economics – 1st
Science – 1st
Literature – 1st
Art – 1st
History – 1st
Key to accomplishing 1st place compared to last year according to coach Dr. Joseph Eberhard:
“I actually thought last year was our best chance to win state… But it turned out that not everyone on that team was there for the right reasons. So we made changes. This year everyone was focused on a team goal and it showed in their commitment to attend practices. Last year we were ‘Si, se puede’ (yes, we can)… this year we are ‘Si, se pudo’ (yes, we did).”
Below are the individual awards and top ten places for the Alice H.S. team:
Lainy Eberhard, Honors Division
Gold medal Overall Team Gold medal Super Quiz Team Gold medal High Point Team Gold medal Economics Gold medal Science (with a perfect score of 1,000) Silver medal Literature Silver medal Social Science 4th place Music 4th place Art 8th place Speech Jose Perez, Honors Division
Gold medal Overall Team Gold medal Super Quiz Team 4th place Social Science 6th place Economics 8th place Math 8th place Music 8th place Science 9th place Art 10th place Literature Rose Torres, Honors Division
Gold medal Overall Team Gold medal Super Quiz Team Silver medal Interview 6th place Music 7th place Art 8th place Literature Dustin Money, Scholastic Division Gold medal Overall Team Gold medal Super Quiz Team Gold medal High Point Team Silver medal Overall Scholastic, $2,500 scholarship Gold medal Economics Gold medal Science (with a perfect score of 1,000) Gold medal Literature Gold medal Art Gold medal Social Science 4th place Music 6th place Math Adrian Cantu, Scholastic Division
Gold medal Overall Team Gold medal Super Quiz Team Silver medal Art Silver medal Social Science Bronze medal Economics Bronze medal Science 4th place Music 4th place Interview 5th place Literature 6th place Overall Scholastic Autumn Flores, Scholastic Division
Gold medal Overall Team Gold medal Super Quiz Team Marcos Ruiz, Varsity Division Gold medal Overall Team Gold medal Super Quiz Team Gold medal High Point Team Gold medal Music Gold medal Art Gold medal Social Science Silver medal Overall Varsity, $2,500 scholarship Silver medal Math Silver medal Economics Silver medal Science Bronze medal Literature 6th place Essay Gus Gonzalez, Varsity Division
Gold medal Overall Team Gold medal Super Quiz Team Gold medal Interview Silver medal Economics Silver medal Social Science Bronze medal Music 4th place overall Varsity, $1,000 scholarship 4th place Science 5th place Literature 5th place Art 7th place Math Shivam Desai, Varsity Division Gold medal Overall Team Gold medal Super Quiz Team 6th place Music 8th place Literature Javi Martinez
Gold medal Overall Team Gold medal Super Quiz Team