Welcome to the Seven Lakes High School Academic Decathlon website. Seven Lakes High School opened its doors in 2005 - 06 school year and is the sixth high school in the Katy Independent School District - located in Katy, Texas (we are a suburb just west of Houston). We look forward to another exciting school year and successful AD season.
Program Description from USAD website:
"The Academic Decathlon® is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 "A" or Honor students, 3 "B" or Scholastic students, and 3 "C" or Varsity students.
The theme for the 2019-2020 Academic Decathlon® season is "IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH:
An Exploration of Illness and Wellness."
The Academic Decathlon® is a team competition wherein students match their intellects with students from other schools. Students are tested in ten categories:
Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, and Speech.
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for individual events and total scores. Winning teams advance through the local, regional, and state levels of competition. The state champions compete at the national finals.
If you are interested in trying out for next year's Spartan Decathlon team, contact either one of the coaches.
Jonathan Frishman - Decathlon Co-Head Coach
Jonathan Frishman joined SLHS during the 2009-2010 - He currently teaches English II Pre-AP and Creative Writing in addition to coaching Academic Decathlon/ Octathlon. He was the first-year teacher of the year in 2009-2010, was nominated for teacher of the year in 2017, and has spent his time working with many other school-related extra-curricular activities such as sponsoring student-led organizations, (Creative Writing Club, Gamers’ Guild) coaching the UIL Ready Writing program, and currently serves as the campus webmaster. He graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in English Literature, minoring in Secondary Education.
John Mitchell - Decathlon Co-Head Coach
Johnny Mitchell is in his twentieth year as a schoolteacher and his twelfth at SLHS. He currently teaches AP US History and Sociology and helps with Academic Decathlon/Octathlon. He has sponsored and helped with other extracurricular organizations, including Model UN, the Seven Lakes Democrats, TedX, and the Super Smash Boyz Club. John has served three times as a reader for the Advanced Placement U.S. History test. His degree is in Political Science from the California State University at Chico, with a minor in Spanish.
Kris Boxleitner - Octathlon Head Coach