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Jordan High School

​​​Academic Decathlon/Octathlon

""Welcome to the Jordan High School Academic Decathlon website. Jordan High School opened its doors in 2020 and is the ninth high school in the Katy Independent School District - located in Katy, Texas (we are a city just west of Houston). We look forward to another exciting school year and a 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 them​e for the 2022-2023​ Academic Decathlon® season is The American Revolution and the New Nation.

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 Warrior Decathlon team, contact either one of the coaches.

Academic Octathlon

Similar to Decathlon, Academic Octathlon competition is comprised of eight events, including economics, literature, mathematics, social science, science, art, and music, and the Super Quiz event (an oral relay over all subjects). This competition is exclusively for ninth and tenth-grade students. If a student competes in the Octathlon competition, he/she CANNOT also compete in Decathlon.

If you are interested in participating in Academic Octathlon, please contact Mrs. Midkiff as soon as possible so you have all year to study the fascinating Cold War. We need students with A, B, and C averages and a love of learning, so please do not hesitate to contact us today to join the team!

Coach​ing Staff

Jonathan Frishman - Co-Head Coach
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Jonathan Frishman joined Jordan in 2020 as a founding member of the faculty. He currently teaches AP Seminar and English II KAP in addition to coaching Academic Decathlon. He was the SLHS first-year teacher of the year in 2009-2010, was nominated for teacher of the year in 2017, SLHS teacher of the year in 2019, and has spent his time working with many other school-related extra-curricular activities such as sponsoring student-led organizations, coaching UIL Ready Writing, 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.

Divya Kaushal - Co-Head Coach

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Divya Kaushal joined Jordan High School in its first year of opening in 2020. She will be teaching Algebra 2 KAP along with being a coach for Academic Decathlon. 

She joined Jordan High School from Morton Ranch High School where she taught AP Calculus BC, Algebra 2 KAP, and acted as a coach for Academic Decathlon. Ms.Kaushal has a Master's degree in Physics with a specialization in Electronics. She holds a double bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Education. She has a teaching experience of more than twenty years in the field of both Math and Science.

She has authored two Physics books over the fundamentals of Physics and Mechanics which helps introduce an interdisciplinary approach in her teaching methods.

Morgan Midkiff - Octathlon Coach

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Morgan Midkiff joined Jordan High School in 2020 when the school opened. She teaches English II Academic and coaches Academic Octathlon. She is coming from Tompkins High School, and she has also taught at Taylor High School and Seven Lakes Junior High School. She coached an award-winning Academic Octathlon team for two years and has taught English I, English II Academic and KAP, English IV Academic and AP, and Theatre Arts-Theatre 2. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BFA in Theatre and Texas Tech University with an MFA in Arts Administration.

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