Competing amongst over 1,000 junior high school students, four students from St. Jerome School in Westchester earned medals at the annual Academic Junior High Decathlon Saturday, March 5.

Held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the academic decathlon brought together students from 104 Catholic schools in the greater Los Angeles area.

The students competed in 10 academic areas including English, literature, science, mathematics, current events, social studies, fine arts, religion, logic and a “Superquiz.”

The decathlon features group competitions in logic and the Superquiz, and individual competitions in the other subjects. The top 10 students in each subject receive awards.

St. Jerome eighth-grader Andrea Loredo won the fourth place medal in literature, while classmate Eddie Azinge won seventh overall in math. Seventh-grader Samantha West won fifth place in social studies, and Tenbit Daniel, also a seventh-grader, finished eighth in the religion competition.

“I am very proud of this year’s team. Twenty-six Spartans participated in weekly study sessions, on top of home study and school work,” St. Jerome decathlon head coach Stacie Sheffie said.

“Our final team members were chosen by their peers through an anonymous process. I hope the decathlon experience is one that the students will remember and appreciate for years to come.”

This is the tenth annual Academic Junior High Decathlon held in Los Angeles, and the first one in which St. Jerome School has earned multiple medals, Sheffie said.

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