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Academic Decathlon

St. Hedwig School’s participation in the Academic Junior High Decathlon enables our students to demonstrate their academic strengths and be confident learners.  It is a competition for students in grades 6-8.  There are ten events.

  1. Two are collaborative team efforts –
    1. a logic quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and
    2. a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes.
  2. The remaining eight events test an individual's knowledge of
    1. the Roman Catholic doctrine,
    2. English,
    3. Literature,
    4. Science,
    5. Mathematics,
    6. Current Events,
    7. Social Studies, and
    8. Fine Arts (Art and Music).

Awards are given for individual and team performance, and the winning school team from each geographic diocese competes in a state championship the first Saturday of May each year.


The Academic Junior High Decathlon Mission
The AJHD strives to bring forth the academic talents of students in the Catholic school system and celebrate them in the context of spirit-filled competition. The five goals of the Decathlon are:

  • to promote academic excellence
  • to promote collaborative spirit and cooperative learning skills
  • to promote logical and higher order thinking
  • to recognize the contributions of parents, teachers, school administrators, and business and community members in supporting high standards for all students; and
  • to celebrate the diversity, excellence, and tradition of Catholic schools