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Academic Decathlon Results

Pius Academic Decathlon Coaching Staff

  • Ann Kotopka-Head coach / Art, Language & Literature / 1987 Pius graduate
  • Alec Hain-Administrative head and assistant coach / Social Science, Economics / 2011 Pius graduate
  • Jean Timmerman-Music / 1988 Pius graduate
  • Ben Kotopka-Science / 2009 Pius graduate
  • Margaret Kaiser-Woodward-Math
  • Fr. Steve Mills-Speech, Interview

** Read about this year's AcaDeca team

2017/18 Team

Honors: Thomas Kotopka, Isaac Kramer, Erin Kee, Madeleine May
Scholastic: Michael Timmerman, Max Doty, Wally Langdon, Gabriel Clark
Varsity: Shelby Whitehead, Will Guara, Spencer Noel, Parker Dodson

2017/18 Schedule

  • February 16th & 17th: State Competition at Bellevue University

2017/18 Academic Decathlon results

Academic Decathlon Regional

Pius X team wins their Regional Competition and advances onto State


Honors: Thomas Kotopka and Isaac Kramer

Alternate Honors: Erin Kee and Madeleine May

Scholastic: Wally Langdon and Michael Timmerman

Alternate Scholastic: Gabriel Clark and Max Doty

Varsity: Will Gaura and Shelby Whitehead

Alternate Varsity: Spencer Noel and Parker Dodson


Isaac Kramer was the highest scoring student for Pius X and the highest at the Regional.


Super Quiz: Gold – Isaac Kramer, Thomas Kotopka, Michael Timmerman, Wally Langdon, Will Gaura, and Shelby Whitehead (Highest score at a Regional posted by a Pius team-26 out of 30.)

Academic Decathlon Scrimmage (at Omaha Gross)

The entire class competed Saturday at the Omaha Gross Scrimmage. The fields tested were Economics, Music, and Science. Isaac Kramer was the highest scoring student in the entire competition with a near perfect score in Science. Shelby Whitehead was the second highest scoring student among all Varsity students. Pius won the Super Quiz: Honor: Thomas Kotopka / Blake Barnes Scholastic: Michael Timmerman / Julian Gomez Varsity: Parker Dodson / Will Gaura INDIVIDUAL MEDALISTS:


HONORS Economics Music Science
Thomas Kotopka   GOLD BRONZE
Erin Kee   SILVER  
Layla Nguyen   BRONZE  


HONORS Economics Music Science
Michael Timmerman SILVER    


VARSITY Economics Music Science
Spencer Noel BRONZE    
Will Gaura   SILVER  
Parker Dodson SILVER  


NOVICE Economics Music Science
Ziyal McArthur   SILVER  
Vinny Nguyen   BRONZE  
Joe Vacek SILVER    
Luke Kreifels     SILVER







Academic Decathlon Scrimmage (at Pius X HS)




  • Thomas Kotopka highest scoring student in the entire competition with near perfect scores in both Art History and Math.
  • Madeleine May placed third overall
  • Shelby Whitehead was the second highest scoring student among all Varsity students.


The fields tested were Art History, Language & Literature, and Math. Below are results for Pius X students.


HONORS Art History Lang / Lit Math
Madeleine May   GOLD  
Isaac Kramer BRONZE BRONZE  
Anna Krueger BRONZE  
Erin Kee SILVER  
VARSITY Art Lang / Lit Math
Shelby Whitehead BRONZE   BRONZE
Will Gaura GOLD  
Parker Dodson     BRONZE
NOVICE Art Lang / Lit Math
Kolbe Villa GOLD    
Ziyal McArthur BRONZE    
Luke Kreifels   BRONZE  








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