Decathletes soar at regionals

The Academic Decathlon team stands on the stage, reveling in their victory. Seen here is the entire class, which, unlike all competitions, was able to compete at regionals.

The Academic Decathlon team stands on the stage, reveling in their victory. Seen here is the entire class, which, unlike all competitions, was able to compete at regionals.

Following a growing history of victories accumulated by the OHS Academic Decathlon team, the current team has taken the regional competition, coming home with first place overall.

The team competed at Youngstown High School in the Ohio Northeastern Regional competition, taking the entire class divided up into three teams.

Competing in three divisions – varsity, scholastic, and honors, based on competitor’s GPAs – in ten events (arts, economics, essay, interview, language, literature, math, music, science, social science, speech, and Super Quiz), the team took numerous individual positions and awards.

However, the competition isn’t over; rather, the regional competition was the team’s first test. State competition is next, hosted at Lake Erie college in Painesville; if the team wins this, they will move on to Nationals in Minnesota.

“We have extremely high expectations we set for ourselves,” Wilson M. (12) said. “People are trying their hardest to put forth their best scores, and you can definitely see an increase in competitiveness.”

The team expects to win state, following their record of the past few years. However, the title of state champion is never won without hard work on the part of the team.

“There aren’t many different teams that we’ll be competing with, but everyone will be amping up their stakes,” Rachel F. (11) said when asked about the change in pace from regionals to states.

For both returning students and newcomers, regionals brought a unique experience.

“It’s a lot of different experiences,” Haley W. (9) said. “The competition was really different, and it definitely lived up to my expectations.”

By Paul O’Neill

oneill.paul@oakwoodschools.org

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