The Lourdes Central Catholic School Academic Decathlon team competed in the State Competition on Feb. 15 and 16 at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and is the 2018-2019 State Champions in the Very Small Schools Division and the State Runner-up in the Small Schools Division.
The Lourdes Academic Decathlon Team is coached by Tammy Partsch and Tom Dinville.
In the Super Quiz competition, Lourdes Central Catholic placed second in the Small School division and third place overall.
Each year, a subject for the Academic Decathlon is chosen, this year’s theme was the 1960s.
Students study various aspects of the theme to prepare for competition, which includes tests, speeches, interviews, and Quiz Bowl competition.
Lourdes Central Catholic students won numerous individual awards, including:

Team Top Scorer
Catherine Shawhan
Small School Division Top Scorer
Varsity: Grant Draus (Silver)
Scholastic: Ethan Rob-erts (Bronze)
Speech
Varsity: Grant Draus (Gold)
Scholastic: Ethan Rob-erts (Gold)

Honors: Luke Partsch (Bronze)
Interview
Varsity: Grant Draus (Gold)
Scholastic: Piper Monson (Gold)
Honors: Luke Partsch (Silver)
Essay
Varsity: Grant Draus (Silver)
Art
Varsity: Grant Draus (Bronze)
Scholastic: Piper Monson (Bronze)
Honors: Paul Shawhan (Silver)
Music
Varsity: Grant Draus (Silver)
Scholastic: Ethan Rob-erts (Silver)
Honors: Catherine Shawhan (Bronze)
Alternate Fine Arts
Varsity: Cristian Wat-kins (Silver)
Scholastic: Chloe Du-Bois (Gold)
Honors: Olivia Weninger (Silver)
Literature
Varsity: Grant Draus (Bronze)
Scholastic: Ethan Rob-erts and Piper Monson tied for Bronze
Economics
Varsity: Grant Draus (Silver)
Alternate Social Science
Varsity: Cristian Wat-kins (Bronze) Scholastic- Chloe DuBois (Silver)
Math
Varsity: Grant Draus (Silver)
Honors: Catherine Shawhan and Luke Partsch (Bronze)
Science
Varsity: Grant Draus (Gold)
Honors: Catherine Shawhan (Bronze)
Alternate Hard Science
Varsity:Cristian Watkins (Gold)
Scholastic: Chloe Du-Bois (Gold)
Honors: Olivia Weninger (Silver)