FSHA Academic Decathletes Take First in Division 2

FSHA’s Academic Decathlon team with their medals and plaque: (Back row from left) Maddie Togneri, Laura Allen, Margaret Tsu, Lizzie Togneri, Stephanie Ronay, Mary Clare Molina, Elizabeth Rojas, Yasmine Dabbah, Charlotte Hook, Coach Mario Pariante. (Sitting) Oliva Flynn, Jessie Lorrimer, Maya Richard-Craven, Kate Russell, Rachel Saad, Kathryn O’Sullivan, Bridget Fitzgerald and Jackie Fernandez. Not pictured: Mimi Spindle.
FSHA's top medal winner Mimi Spindle

The Academic Decathlon team at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy placed first in Div. 2 for the second consecutive year in the private school regional competition held Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 at Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills. The team raked in 34 medals during the two-day event.

Third-year decathlete Mimi Spindle performed at an all-time high, earning 11 out of 12 possible medals, including gold medals in art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, and social sciences, while Rachel Saad was named the second-highest scoring decathlete in Div. 2.

Coach Mario Pariante chaperoned the team on a trip to New York City over Thanksgiving to broaden the girls’ studies of The Great Depression, the theme for this year’s competition.

“The team really rose to the occasion; I’m extremely proud of all of them,” said Pariante.

FSHA fielded the largest squad in the history of the school; decathletes competed in two teams of nine in Div. 2 and Div. 3.