La Salle’s Academic Decathlon Finds Success in The Hague

La Salle College Preparatory’s Academic Decathlon team sent six of its members to The Hague, Netherlands from July 20–27, 2019, to compete in the second round of the World Scholars Cup. Competing against 1,900 students from 51 different countries, La Salle’s Scholars did exceptionally well in both individual and team titles.

“I am incredibly proud of our students. Over the last 3 years, we’ve sent our teams to Prague, Cape Town, and Melbourne. However, this year, we have completely new teams competing globally for the first time, and they performed remarkably,” noted La Salle’s Academic Decathlon moderator, John Erb. “They really enjoyed their roles as American ambassadors and represented both the US and La Salle with pride.”

Teammates Colby Stenzel ’20, Ewan Painter ’20, and Matthew Day ’21 finished 8th place overall, competing against over 650 teams. The 120-question Scholar’s Challenge and audio-visual Scholar’s Bowl proved successful for the Lancers, finishing 5th overall in both disciplines. On the individual level, Stenzel excelled, garnering a total of 14 gold medals and 1 silver medal. Stenzel also had the honor of walking in the American flag for the United States delegation at the Closing Ceremonies.

The second team of Franklin Cheng ‘21, Christina Chen ’20, and Adam Lewczuk ‘21 also achieved a gold medal, finishing 48th place overall in the competition. In the Team Essay portion of the competition, these Lancers acquired 22nd place.

Because both teams finished in the top ten of the Americas Division, La Salle’s decathletes automatically earned a spot in the Tournament of Champions Competition at Yale in November.

La Salle’s Academic Decathlon team is moderated by John Erb. For more information about the program, please contact him at

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