Magnolia ISD hosted the Academic Decathalon competition for Region VI, Feb. 1 at Magnolia West High School, in spite of harsh weather conditions necessitating a rescheduling of activities.
The Academic Decathalon is a scholastic competition consisting of ten events ranging from math and science to art history and literature. Each school enters a team of nine students made of up three groups of high school students: three "A" or honor students, three "B" or scholastic students, and three "C or below" varsity students. The schools are also allowed two alternates.
The event honored two local Magnolia schools, Magnolia West High School (placing third in the medium sized schools division) and Magnolia High School (placing fourth in the same division).
Though the competition was a success, weather conditions necessitating a school shutdown on effectively cut off half of the competition time for the event, which was scheduled to last two days – Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1. The event managers were faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to cancel the competition altogether.
Luckily, said Anita Hebert, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum at Magnolia ISD, they decided to push forward.
"Magnolia ISD personnel and Region 6 Academic Management Team worked long hours on the icy day to revamp the schedule of events into a one-day event. This meant rescheduling nearly 75 last minute volunteers from the Magnolia community to host the 12 hour competition," she said.
Hebert attributes much of the success of the competition to the community, who quickly and efficiently gott the competition back into play.
"Magnolia school personnel and community volunteers answered the call and spent their Saturday judging, scoring, and serving in various areas to make this event a success for the students," she said. "Everyone who listens to nervous students give impassioned speeches and reads their informed essays is amazed at the talent and the spirit of our youth."