Academic Decathlon

Pius Academic Decathlon Coaching Staff

  • Ann Kotopka-Head coach / Art, Language & Literature / 1987 Pius graduate
  • Alec Hain-Administrative head and assistant coach / Social Science, Economics / 2011 Pius graduate
  • Jean Timmerman-Music / 1988 Pius graduate
  • Ben Kotopka-Science / 2009 Pius graduate
  • Margaret Kaiser-Woodward-Math
  • Fr. Steve Mills-Speech, Interview

What is Academic Decathlon?

Academic Decathlon is an accelerated and intensive year-long course of study in science, social studies, math, English (literature, critical reading, and writing), art, music, speech and economics. A new theme focuses the study each year, so a student may take this course more than once. Students are encouraged to participate in at least one scrimmage the first semester. A select group of twelve students will compete in Regional, and if successful, State, and possibly National Competitions. Because students in Academic Decathlon must come from three academic levels (A, B, and C or below) as determined by selected portions of their GPA, students of varying ability and grade will be in class together. Grading standards for this course are adjusted for grade and ability. Summer reading is encouraged.

2017/18 Team

Honors: Thomas Kotopka, Isaac Kramer, Erin Kee, Madeleine May
Scholastic: Michael Timmerman, Max Doty, Wally Langdon, Gabriel Clark
Varsity: Shelby Whitehead, Will Guara, Spencer Noel, Parker Dodson

AcaDeca hosts positive events for younger students

Academic Decathlon hosted two events for 5th-8th graders this August to help fund their fall trip to San Francisco. Students played all kinds of games including Ultimate Tag, Mafia, Texas Hold ‘Em, Knockout, watched an outdoor movie, learned line dances, and just had fun hanging out with friends.