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WG AcaDec team takes second place in state competition

First year with a team, first time at states and second place at the competition isn't a bad starting record.

West Genesee High School students competed in the New York State Academic Decathlon on Friday and Saturday at SUNY Brockport in Western New York. The weekend was exciting -- and exhausting -- for the students who showed their talents at the annual competition.

Senior Pio Carranti said the competition was "kind of hectic" but that the team had been studying really hard for the contest in which students are asked not only to complete written exams in subject such as math, language and literature, art and music, but also have to give speeches and go through a professional interview.

There's also a portion of the competition called the SuperQuiz, which this year was about environmental biology. SuperQuiz is a combination of written and oral exam in which questions and answers are read to the competitors and then they have seven seconds to answer the question by circling one letter, A through E, on the sheet in front of them.

"It's been pretty demanding," Carranti said of the program.

The team met twice weekly and then also studied in their off time at home, said Peter Brogan, also a senior. Each member took home with them packets of information and study questions.

"We wouldn't have gone anywhere without Mr. [Scott] Duda," said Peter Stracquarlarsi.

Elizabeth Bovenzi, also a senior, said she's enjoyed her time on the team and getting to know others players.

"I loved getting to know these guys," she said. "It was great."

So what would West Genesee's AcaDec team tell others considering joining and those who want a little more information?

"I would tell them it's a lot of fun," Brogan said. {Q}"Although it may seem kind of nerdy, it's a lot of fun."{Q}

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