|Birthdate||01 December 1987|
|Location||San Antonio, TX|
|Division||Varsity and Scholastic|
|Current School||Northwest Vista College (teaching)|
|Alma Mater||UTSA (alumnus) O.W. Holmes HS (alumnus)|
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Kort Everett Jackson (born December 1, 1987) is a former Academic Decathlete on the Oliver Wendell Holmes Academic Decathlon team from 2004-2006, and a former member of DemiDec from 2004 to some point before 2010 (Kort himself doesn't know exactly when he "left"). Known for a brash, competitive persona, he was at times difficult to work with during his time as a Academic Decathlete. He also served as the "Coordinator of AcaDec Scores Relaunch" from October 24, 2006-March 15, 2007 and is one of two founders of the AcaDec Scores and Information Center. On March 15, 2007, Jackson became the one of the first co-editors for ADSIC, a position he shares with David Gilman and Adam Cornish. As of 2018, he remains an co-editor, but is generally rather quiet and behind the scenes.
The AcaDeca Years
Kort was invited to compete by Holmes around the end of August 2003, and easily made it through the first cut as a varsity. His first competitive practice meet took place in early November 2003 at the Moody Invitational in Corpus Christi. While winning six awards, Kort's score of 5,440 was rather low, and only after registering scores of 6,430 and 6,815 in the last two practice rounds was Kort able to claim a sport on the final team. In a test, Kort then moved up to the scholastic division for the Region competition, but won only one medal (Gold in SuperQuiz overall) and finished with a 5,755. Disappointed with the results, the coaching team requested for and received a change to return Kort back to varsity, where harsh subjective scoring and several bombed tests resulted in a 5,660 overall score. Despite the poor performance, he scrapped together a 3/5 in both the Regional and State SQ Relay to lead his team to the Regional and State SuperQuiz titles (32/45 at regionals, 36/45 tie with Plano Senior at State).
Kort returned to the team the following year with a better start, starting at around 5,800 as a varsity. His second chance to prove himself at the scholastic level occurred when the top scholastic had to sit out the King Meet in December due to health problems. As a result, a hole occurred at the scholastic level, and it was agreed that Kort would fill it. This time, the move proved to be successful given the short notice. Kort won six awards again, but one award was sixth overall scholastic, a drastic improvement. The top scholastic got better after the meet, and kept his position (to great jubilation of the team), and Kort earned his second berth in a final team of nine, in the third Scholastic slot.
At the regional competition in 2005 (at the old "Grey" campus of Judson High School), Kort scored much higher with a 6,233 and picked up a Bronze in Language and Literature. He finished in sixth place among large school scholastics at Region IV, having missed out of the fifth place medal by thirty points to Northside Taft's Alex Marsh. Holmes would easily pick up another Regional Championship, scoring 44,336 points to Taft's 38,808, advancing to state in Corpus Christi.
At state, Kort's score improved to 6,515 (on the strength of average objectives but considerably stronger subjective scores) while Holmes finished with 44,983, strong enough to win third place in the Large School category.
2005-2006 Season and a Counting Factor
2005-06 marked Kort's senior year at Holmes, and his best year awards wise. At the Northside Invitational at Clark in November 2005, Kort won 8 awards, including Second in the Scholastic Overall score category. Just weeks later at the King Meet, Kort picked up 6 awards, including fourth overall in the Scholastic category. Score wise, Kort easily made the team, but his penchant for brash behavior almost cost him that spot.
At the Regional competition (this time hosted by Clark High School), Kort notched a 6,343 and earned three subject medals and a fourth overall medal finish in the large school scholastic category. Short of a last second upset by Clark for Super Quiz relay, Holmes still won Overall SuperQuiz and stunned the host team with a final regional score of 44,392, with Clark taking silver with just 37,966. By winning yet another Regional Championship, a automatic bid to state was secured.
At state in Aldine, TX in 2006, Holmes was in striking distance of Plano Senior High School, and it appeared going into state that Holmes had its best shot to win a state title yet after a twelve year drought. However, subjectives again would haunt the team, and Kort's overall score reflected it. Despite a considerable improvement in objectives (including ranking 6th in Music and 10th in Science and even a top fifty spot amongst all ~120 Scholastic competitors, Kort recorded just 6,417 points, short of his goal of 7,000. Holmes still managed to retain second place among Large Schools, it's best finish since 1994, and Holmes even won second place overall in SuperQuiz.
2006 Large School SQ Controversy
By Kort's [own confession] he was responsible for a small commotion involving profanity (involving the "f" word) after learning of his Super Quiz Relay score. Kort later [apologized] for his actions, and no repercussions from Texas Academic Decathlon have followed his actions.
After the Decathlete Years
Since his career as a Decathlete, Kort attended The University of Texas at San Antonio from the fall of 2006 to the spring of 2017, earning three degrees along the way: a Bachelor of Arts in History (with minor in Economics) in May 2012, a Master of Arts in Political Science in May 2015 and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (within the Higher Education Administration concentration) in May 2017. Since the fall of 2015, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the Alamo Colleges District, teaching primarily at Northwest Vista College. Since graduating from high school in 2006, Kort has made a few visits to his alma mater, most recently in 2015 participating in a alumni vs. AD team scrimmage at Holmes.
In October 2006, Kort took command of AcaDec scores, and helped to found ADSIC alongside David Gilman on March 15, 2007. The first year proved difficult thanks to Kort's overthinking about the issues of ADSIC. Despite difficulties, ADSIC found unity and strength thanks to the efforts of Gilman, Adam Cornish, and several newcomers (Blooooo, Andrew Hartman, and Jon Angel). After much consideration, Kort rededicated his focus and took steps to fix the mess he caused. Since then, ADSIC has since grown to be an indispensable tool today. In 2008, a new logo was revealed (the seal you see on the top left hand corner) and the front page design designed by Adam Cornish was adopted (and later refined). Starting around 2010 however, Kort's involvment at ADSIC is rather quiet, but occasionally he has returned to try new code or to humble his biography just a bit.
|2003-2004||Moody Invitational||Corpus Christi, Texas||Foy H. Moody High School||Art||Varsity|
|2003-2004||Region IV||Corpus Christi, Texas||Flour Bluff High School||Super Quiz Individual||Scholastic|
|2004-2005||King Meet||Corpus Christi, Texas||Richard M. King High School||Economics||Scholastic|
|2005-2006||Northside Invitational||San Antonio, Texas||Tom C. Clark High School||Music||Scholastic|
|2005-2006||King Meet||Corpus Christi, Texas||Richard M. King High School||Super Quiz Individual||Scholastic|
|2003-2004||Moody Invitational||Corpus Christi, Texas||Foy H. Moody High School||Economics||Varsity|
|2004-2005||King Meet||Corpus Christi, Texas||Richard M. King High School||Super Quiz Individual||Scholastic|
|2005-2006||Northside Invitational||San Antonio, Texas||Tom C. Clark High School||Economics||Scholastic|
|2005-2006||Northside Invitational||San Antonio, Texas||Tom C. Clark High School||Super Quiz Individual||Scholastic|
|2005-2006||Northside Invitational||San Antonio, Texas||Tom C. Clark High School||Overall Individual||Scholastic|
|2005-2006||King Meet||San Antonio, Texas||Richard M. King High School||Music||Scholastic|
|2005-2006||Region IV||San Antonio, Texas||Tom C. Clark High School||Music||Scholastic|
|2005-2006||Region IV||San Antonio, Texas||Tom C. Clark High School||Economics||Scholastic|
|2003-2004||Moody Invitational||Corpus Christi, Texas||Foy H. Moody High School||Super Quiz Individual||Varsity|
|2004-2005||King Meet||Corpus Christi, Texas||Richard M. King High School||Social Science||Scholastic|
|2004-2005||Region IV||Converse, Texas||Judson High School||Language and Literature||Scholastic|
|2005-2006||Northside Invitational||San Antonio, Texas||Tom C. Clark High School||Essay||Scholastic|
|2005-2006||Northside Invitational||San Antonio, Texas||Tom C. Clark High School||Language and Literature||Scholastic|
|2005-2006||Region IV||San Antonio, Texas||Tom C. Clark High School||Language and Literature||Scholastic|
(Note: These Awards do not include ribbon finishes. I will get those up on this list as soon as I can.)