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Posted on: Jul 16 2018, 08:21 PM


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6th place: J.J. Pearce High School, Richardson, Richardson ISD, 215 points
National Champions- 1991
2nd place- 1992
2nd place- 1993
2nd place- 1994
3rd place- 1990
4th place- 1995
5th place- 2000
6th place- 1996
6th place- 2001
6th place- 2007
7th place- 1999
7th place- 2003
8th place- 1998
9th place- 2004
9th place- 2006
10th place- 1997
Close calls- 11th ('08), 14th ('05, '10)

Top 25s- 23
Appearances- 28

J.J. Pearce is a victim of a lack of information from the beginning of Texas decathlon. The first 8 years of TX AD had 5 Pearce state titles, a run exceeded only by Katy Taylor. If we were to include those years in they would be much higher, possibly even first (although I don't think they would quite make it). Nevertheless, the list of top 10s speak for itself- despite not having that information together, Pearce is undoubtedly one of the best programs in decathlon history, not just Texas. Their best period of history is at the beginning, when they won the 1991 state title and took 3 2nd places and a 3rd place from '90 until '94. Pearce would continue to be in the top 10 all the way until 2007 (2002 has no info on medium school other than Friendswood, but I would assume they would again be top 10). They have not returned to the top 10 since, but reached their highest point since this past year with an 11th place performance in 2018. Despite the information on their dominant run in the late 80s, it should also be noted that that Pearce has won the most national championships in state history, with their five national titles exceeded only by Granada Hills and El Camino Real. This puts them in truly rarefied air, having three more titles than any other Texas team. Truly a dominant force of early decathlon, and likely one of the vehicles that made Texas decathlon become the massively successful program it is now.
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StanleyTree2.0
Posted on: Jul 16 2018, 08:04 PM


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Edit before I pick this back up- I had not put Lubbock's first state title into the system, which should put them up to 116 points before this year, which puts them 14th place over Keller. I will try to finish this list in the next few days and then update it for this year.
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Posted on: Jun 10 2018, 11:04 PM


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Dulles is doing well. On top of last year's 3 returners, we have 9 other juniors who are coming back plus another 2 or 3 who joined up that are very strong. We also have somewhere around 20-25 sophomores, sitting around 38 total. We actually have honors depth for once- 10 kids competing which should be exciting, and some of them I believe to be on Sophie's level. Our scholastics are deep but I'm still not sure who will step up out of the group; we have about 20 or so scholastics and nearly all of them will be competitive. Varsities are going to be very strong, and a lot of strong depth there. Of course by the end of the summer we could be down to 35 or so, but still not too bad.

Our summer schedule is now based around a project- they have to turn in a journal of basic notes for every resource except econ and math the day we get to school. We also are increasing our meeting frequency while reducing the amount of time spent in one day- so we're hoping that will keep the kids reading and encouraged. We're more concerned with reading on a surface-level than getting into the nitty gritty as of now.

We're really going to miss that senior group, but we've gotten better every year for the last four years, and I don't expect this year to be any different. The question is how much better does the rest of Texas get.
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StanleyTree2.0
Posted on: May 21 2018, 02:46 PM


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So with another crash, and a lack of discussion here, I have wondered if their is a better way for us to create an online community for decathlon than a message board. I do not know what it is, but i think there are several possibilities- a facebook group, subreddit, slack or irc chat, etc. I don't think a message board is mobile-friendly, which is what most people use for their info gathering. Just an idea, because this seems to not be able to keep a community together anymore.
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Posted on: May 17 2018, 06:14 PM


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QUOTE (ahundredjarsofsky @ May 17 2018, 09:59 AM) *
Soc sci is really thin. So is science; some of the images are pretty... basic MS paint like. (You'll know it when you see it.)


Do you mean the content or the file size and images? Check the art reproductions- they look artifacted. I just read the first three paragraphs of sosci and there's already...a lot of info.
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Posted on: May 16 2018, 10:53 AM


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Read through a snippet of music- they named all of John coltranes band members. Seems like music is gonna be spicy. SoSci is only 70 or so without the charts and music is 140.
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Posted on: May 8 2018, 02:39 PM


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7th place: Pearland High School, Pearland, Pearland Independent School District, 169 points

Champions- 2008
Champions- 2009
Champions- 2015
2nd place- 2012
2nd place- 2013
2nd place- 2014
5th place- 2016
6th place- 2011
7th place- 2010
Close calls- 12th ('17)

Top 25s- 12
Total Appearances- 13

For all of you young whippersnappers out there, let me spin you a tale of Pearland's meteoric rise to success. In 2005, Pearland made it's first state appearance under coach Robert Layne; in the 14 years since, they have made every state championship, have been top 2 in six of those years, and won the championship three times. 2005 and 2006 saw a group of kids get drastically better, improving from 42nd to 18th in just one year. Unfortunately, the team from both of those years was completely gone, leaving a team of 8 juniors and 1 senior going into 2007, and they naturally dropped to 20th. The next year, 4 of those juniors would return to help Pearland become the first team in Texas to score over 50,000 since 2000. They were ahead at regionals over the second place team by 5,000 points, and only one by a little over 2,000 points at state. It was a team that, so to speak, came out of nowhere- they had no history of success, and were not an elite academic school. With a strong coaching staff and self-motivated kids, it was a perfect mix for a team without previous success to thrive. In 2009 they repeated as champions, albeit not nearly as dominantly. It was a team that had the potential to break state records, but internal problems made it difficult for that team to do what they could have.

After two strong years, 2010 and 2011 saw a refresh of the coaching philosophy and a struggle to find the right group of kids. That breakthrough came in 2012, where a young team won large school state and came within a hair of defeating Rockwall. It felt that the core of that team could come back and win in 2013, and they did win large again- only to lose to Rockwall again. 2014? New group, same story. Finally in 2015, Pearland was able to break through and get their first title in six years. Since then, the program has gone through changes and has struggled to repeat that performance. Nevertheless, it is worth remembering Pearland as the bigger head of the two-headed beast that controlled Texas decathlon between 2008 and 2015- there were only two state champions during that period that were not Pearland or Rockwall. My advice for teams trying to follow this path- have a Sophy Lee, and do what Demidec says to do in its suggested use of quizzes and tests.
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Posted on: May 6 2018, 10:45 PM


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Got another post this weekend- it rapidly went off the rails before becoming focused back on what I wanted it to be about. Lots of stuff covered, hope y'all enjoy:

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Posted on: May 1 2018, 06:15 PM


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It definitely feels like there will be a lot of music talked about not in the selections, which will make this even tougher than normal. What are page ranges we're thinking? I think 120+ for both music and sosci, 80 or so for lit, 80-90 for science, maybe 100 for art?
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 03:35 PM


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Complete opposite of you on that- Love Supreme is an amazing record, and Miles Davis is one of my favorite musicians.

SoSci seems like it will be very long. Art seems great. Lit seems to have more importance on the shorter selections than ever before, which makes sense with the length of RGD. First time I've seen SS be worth more than the novel I think.
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 12:23 PM


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I'm not saying you do the room thing with essay, just speech and interview. The essay rubric needs its own rework.
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Posted on: Apr 30 2018, 07:24 PM


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QUOTE (zzzptm @ Apr 30 2018, 01:28 PM) *
Judge training is difficult, at best. You'll always have judges that showed up late because of their schedule, last-minute replacements, and the like. That's just how these events are put together.

That then means you also get judges that are grading like they really don't care at all about what they're doing. There should be a way to simply drop those judges' scores if they're going like... straight 2s except for one kid that gets 10s. Or straight 10s except for one kid that gets 2s. We don't need Santa Claus or The Grinch in as judges. We need people that are putting some thought into this.


I think the essay idea of taking the two closest is a better option. If someone is too bubbly about everything, then all their scores are gone. If someone doesn't want to be there, then all of theirs are gone. I also think ranking each room from a max of 1,000 (top scorer gets that automatically), then scaling down from there would really balance out a lot of those problems. Would it boost scores? Of course, but a)USAD wants to do that anyways, and cool.gif it would make things way more equitable between rooms. How many overall individual medals have been decided by being in the wrong or right subs room?
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Posted on: Apr 29 2018, 11:08 PM


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Congrats to Coaches Brunsells for winning the Region II Octathlon meet that took place this weekend at Seven Lakes High School. It was a super tight race for first, but Taylor won over the likes of Klein and Seven Lakes, who were both within 800 points. Several of the students who compete in Octathlon go on to contribute to their school's decathlon team- examples from this year include Sam Steinman-Friedman (Dulles), Stephany Yip Choy (Taylor), and Joyee Chakrabarti (Seven Lakes).


Final Results (out of 48,000)
Katy Taylor 29,831.6
Klein 29,366.5
Seven Lakes 29,049.5
Friendswood 28,002.3
Dulles Red 25,667.9
Cinco Ranch 20,418.4
Ridge Point 18,975.8
Travis 17,011.9
Klein Oak 16,895.1
Elkins 16,598
Klein Forest 13,591.4
Dulles Blue 13,518.3
Klein Cain 13,289.4
Austin 12,685.7
Kempner 11,417.7
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Posted on: Apr 26 2018, 04:48 PM


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Well, I finally posted another one. This time it's mostly written by my students. I apologize if this get under anyone's skin, but they needed to get some stuff off their chest and I endorse most of what they say. I need to figure out how to create pdfs of the rubrics they created so I can upload those as well.

The Dulles Decathlon Manifesto
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Posted on: Apr 25 2018, 10:54 PM


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Awesome! This is super exciting!
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Posted on: Apr 24 2018, 01:34 PM


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I wonder if hitting their facebook page would be a reasonable thing to do. That's such a huge bummer. One of the best parts about succeeding is getting rewarded for it.
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Posted on: Apr 23 2018, 08:06 PM


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They also added Div IV and cut out individual representatives without notifying anyone. No one knew there was only 18 invites until far too late.

There is absolutely zero transparency from USAD, and quite frankly it's unbelievable. No one knew what DIV meant. No one knew about the decrease in invites. No one knew that China wasn't eligible last year for team awards. No one knew. Because USAD didn't say anything. For as much money and time we put into this, it sure feels like the people who own this thing don't really much care about anything that happens.
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Posted on: Apr 23 2018, 02:31 PM


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This is the first time we've ever seen something of this magnitude, and it happens to come at nationals? We've used them for practice meets, regionals, and state for several years now and none of them have done anything like this.
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