Caz AD wins Regionals
By Willie Kiernan
Cazenovia continued its winning ways. After getting to the Nationals the last three consecutive years, they began this year with another victory.
"Each year they seem to be scoring higher than the year before so the bar is constantly being raised," said Coach Sue McKillop. "It is refreshing to see students working so hard to achieve a goal."
On Saturday, Feb. 2, Cazenovia High School's Academic Decathlon team competed with other area schools in the 2008 Regional Competition. After a grueling day of test taking, the results were in and Cazenovia topped the list beating out schools like North Syracuse who took second place and Liverpool who placed third.
"We got our best score yet at the Regionals," said Andreas Godiers.
The team represented Cazenovia with pride by earning 35 metals in all and first place in the Super Quiz category.
"Having a veteran team is a good advantage," said Alex Shepard. "Going to Hawaii last year was pretty good."
The last three state champions traveled to Chicago, San Antonio and Honolulu respectively.
"We worked really hard and it paid off and we're really proud of that," said Terence Hartnett.
Next the team moves on to the state level at Brockport University on March 14 and 15 where they add speech, interview and essay to the competition.
"The experience, es[pecially with speech will help us this year," Shepard said.
If they win the next one, Caz gets to go to California.
"I definitely feel that there is added pressure for myself and Mr. Kelly as coaches but the real pressure and drive is coming from the kids themselves," McKillop said. "They are truly self motivated and want to continue our record of success."
"The coaches have been a tremendous help but they let us have our own space," said Mike Creswell.