FSHA’s Academic Decathlon explores Paris

Members of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s academic decathlon team explored Paris over Thanksgiving to broaden the girls’ studies of the French Revolution, the theme for this year’s decathlon competition slated for Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 at Bishop Alemany High School.

“The students were particularly excited to see firsthand the art and history that we had been studying since August,” said decathlon coach Mario Pariante, who teaches social science at FSHA. “We were all truly awed by the history around us. The croissants were not bad either!”

At the Louvre, the team viewed the famous “Raft of the Medusa” by Theodore Gericaulte and Jacques-Louis David’s painting of “The Coronation of Napoleon.”

Among the many sites visited over the eight-day trip were Versailles Palace, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Place de la Concorde, where Marie Antoinette and 17,000 others were guillotined.