The Nativity School places fourth in Academic Decathlon

The Nativity School placed fourth overall in the San Diego Diocesan Academic Decathlon, a rigorous competition for middle school students (grades 6-8). Seventeen schools competed in this event at Mater Dei High School on Saturday, March 5. This is Nativity’s seventh year competing in this event, which the San Diego Diocese has sponsored for 15 years.

The Nativity School’s 2011 Academic Decathlon team members are: Amanda Ashline, Connor Barry, Erin Berg, Jeffrey Brandon, Kienan Bui, Chase Callihan, Megan Callihan, Patrick Dohoney, James Downey, Ryan Green, Warren Green, Chris Heffner, Allison Hesse, Nathalie Kourie, Jessica McRoskey, and Kristin Sondys.

All schools competed in three areas: Individual Topics, the Logic Test and the Super Quiz. The Nativity School won fourth place overall and took fourth place in the Logic competition. Individual medals were awarded to the following students:

First place/Religion: Nathalie Kourie of Rancho Santa Fe

Second place/English: Allison Hesse of Encinitas

Second place/Literature: Patrick Dohoney of Del Mar

Second place/Math: Chris Heffner of Encinitas

Second place/Social Studies: Amanda Ashline of Carmel Valley

Fourth place/Fine Arts: Erin Berg of Solana Beach

Students are recommended by their teachers to the school’s lead Academic Decathlon coaches, Sarah Hardison and Cindy Hesse, and to school principal Margaret Heveron. Recommendations are based on their academic strength, work ethic, consistently high achievement with regular schoolwork in all classes, team work and strong organizational and communication skills.

Margaret Heveron, The Nativity School principal, stated, “I am so very proud of our students and coaches! They have worked hundreds of hours studying for this competition. Our entire school is proud not only for their academic strengths, but also for those extra qualities that make them champions: team work, enthusiasm, perseverance and loyalty to their ultimate goal.”

The Nativity School teaches Christ-like values in a nurturing environment that is academically strong and rich in the spirit of life and love. Nativity is located at 6309 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, near Fairbanks Ranch. Visit us at

www.thenativityschool.org

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