Decathlon team returns from state contest


Kun Hong, Features Editor

This past weekend the Decathlon team competed at State. The team of nine competitors left Clements in the morning on Thursday, February 23rd and devoted their weekend entirely to studying and competing at the Omni Hotel at San Antonio.
After spending most of Thursday on the road, the team arrived and registered for the competition in the evening. Prior to that, they were fortune to visit the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. The visit was an exciting experience and beneficial to the team performance as well, since the topic of this year’s United States Academic Decathlon competition covered World War II.
On Friday, the team competed in the math and literature section in the morning. They then dressed up and headed to San Antonio College to finish the speech and interview portion of the competition. The following day, they completed the rest of the five subject tests, including music, art, economics, science and social studies. They were also required to write an essay, but it was done before their departure to San Antonio. Finally, later that Saturday, the team entered the Super Quiz section along with 40 other large-school Decathlon teams from all over Texas.
Sunday was the day for test results and final scores to be revealed. Outstanding test takers were awarded at the award ceremony. This year, the award ceremony was combined with a fancy breakfast banquet served in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni Hotel. The Clements team score improved from their regional testing results by more than 1,000 points. In addition, Scholastic Competitor, Connor Sistrunk, brought home a bronze medal in the interview section, with an almost perfect score of 970/1000.