Middle school students in Frisco ISD competed in the National Academic Pentathlon competition recently and brought home medals in the individual and team competitions.
The state champion Fowler Middle School Academic Pentathlon team placed 4th in the nation. The team members included eighth graders Nikhil Aluri, Nicholas Frigerio, Shreesh Joshi, Panav Mhatre, Saishivani Podalakur, Riya Rathod, Rishub Rathod and Ellie Tandon. The team is led by eighth grade ILA teachers Julie Brown and Alayne Hill.
Pioneer Heritage eighth grader Katrina Johnson competed as an individual at nationals and won 1st place for science and 5th place in her division.
Academic Pentathlon is designed to serve as a learning experience and feeder program for the Octathlon and Decathlon competitions. It is offered at most FISD middle schools for students in grades 7-8.
“While the achievements of our students are incredible, it is their hard work and dedication to their studies that is most impressive,” said Dana Reid, secondary coordinator for Gifted and Talented. “Their teachers and families supported them every step of the way.”
The 2021 Pentathlon competition consists of five events where students achieve medals in the following categories: math, social science, science, literature and fine arts. Each year, a new overlying theme or topic is selected for study in conjunction with the essential readiness skills of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests.
Congratulations to all of the students who competed at nationals and who show a clear passion for learning and competition!