Principal’s Message: Guest Blogger Ms. Anna-Lisa George ’89 – Academic Decathlon Accolades

principals-message-logoIt was a great weekend to be a Monarch!  Guest blogger, Ms. Anna-Lisa George’ 89, English Department Teacher and Academic Decathlon Head Coach, shares about the Academic Decathlon team’s incredible performance at the California State Finals March 19-22.

It’s definitely been a great weekend to be a Monarch! The Academic Decathlon team made a great showing at the California State Finals in Sacramento, where they competed as one of 66 teams from all over the state.


TEAM Silver in Super Quiz, Division II – (Brian Smith, Reilly Barry, Sydney Gang, Jonathan Saba, Marc Vukcevich, Emme Bartlett, Irvin Solorio, Sebastian Gutierrez, Jack O’Keefe)

Bronze: Overall Scholastic High Score, Division II – Jonathan Saba
Bronze in Essay, Silver in Language & Literature, Gold for Team High Score – Reilly Barry
Gold in Essay, Bronze in Social Science – Jonathan Saba
Bronze in Math, Silver in Music – Emme Bartlett
Bronze in Science, Silver in Speech – Sebastian Gutierrez
Silver in Language & Literature – Jack O’Keefe

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These accomplishments were in addition to our accolades in February 2015 where our Mater Dei decathletes were named  the Southern California Private Schools Academic Decathlon Regional Champion!  This is the first time since 2006 and only the second time in school history.

Our Division I team took first place overall, plus first place in Super Quiz, with 57 individual medals. Jonathan Saba won 2nd (Silver) top student in the entire competition.

Our Division II team placed third overall and 3rd in Super Quiz, with 32 individual medals.

Thank you to our incredible students for all of their hard work and dedication and to their parents for their support along the way.  Also thanks to Assistant Coach Julian Galindo for his support and guidance of these wonderful students!

Anna-Lisa George ’89
Head Coach, MD Academic Decathlon


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