On March 28, 2018 the Sam Houston Academic Decathlon team and their sponsors were honored by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the City Council for their outstanding achievements. At the time of this recognition, three of the seniors had received full rides for college! We are incredibly proud of our Hurricanes!
UT Chembridge professor demonstrates chemical reactions for SAISD students. Students from Burbank, Edison, Highlands, Houston, Jefferson, and Lanier all gathered at the Alamo Convocation Center to learn from their online Chembridge professor, Dr. Biberdorf, for a face to face class.
Dry ice and colored water
Hot water and dry ice.
January 20, 2018 was a special day for students on the Sam Houston Academic Decathlon team when all their hard work and studying paid off garnering them the 1st Place slot for medium schools. This Regional Tournament was hosted at Northside’s Warren High School and included teams from all SAISD high schools as well as Alamo Heights, Boerne, and Northside. This honor cleared the path for the Hurricane Scholars to compete at the state Decathlon tournament which will take place in Frisco, Texas in February.
Students who participate in Academic Decathlon are known as “decathletes” and they compete by deeply studying a topic designated annually. This year’s topic focused on the continent of Africa and found students exploring literature by reading the novel Things Fall Apart, while also studying the music and art of various African regions, and science with a focus on HIV and malaria. Students also study economics, mathematics, and social science.
Decathlon teams include nine students from each school who compete in three different divisions. Three students with “A” averages represent the Honors division, three students with “B” averages represent the Scholastic division, and 3 students with “C” averages represent the Varsity division.
Decathletes compete by writing a timed essay, delivering a prepared and impromptu speech, participating in an interview and taking exams over the core areas of study. Students accumulate points for their performances in each of these individual contests, and their individual points accumulate to create their team’s total point earnings. Students also compete as a team in an event called “Super Quiz.”
Sam Houston’s team, coached by Veronica Marines and Kathleen Sadler, included students who also earned top point totals in their divisions as well as the winning Super Quiz team.
Congratulations Hurricane Scholars!