West Genesee places first in AD sectionals

The Academic Decathlon was held at Westhill High School on Feb. 5 with competitors from Cazenovia, Cicero-North Syracuse, Liverpool, Tully, Westhill and West Genesee high schools.

West Genesee High School came in first overall, and brought home a total of 32 medals from the competition. Teams from Cazenovia, and Cicero-North Syracuse placed second, and third, respectively, to advance with West Genesee to the state competition at Onondaga County Community College to be held in March.

The Decathlon, coordinated by Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, is an academic competition among high schools in Section III. Since it began as a local academic competition in California in 1968, the U.S. Academic Decathlon has grown to become an international event.

West Genesee team members that competed were Dennis (DJ) Campbell, Abigail Hard, Alec Kearns, Caitlin Nolan, Kaitlin Richards, Jerry Roy, Matthew Serrao, Jennifer Smacher, and Kevan Spencer. (Michael McCartney was unable to attend.) Their coach, Scott Duda, is a WGHS science teacher in the Learning Center. He has been meeting with the team since the fall.

Alternates on the team were Thomas Brogan and Martin Leff.

Individual medals were awarded for the highest scores on six objective written tests in music, art, language and literature, science, mathematics and economics.

Campbell received three gold medals for art, social science, and economics, two bronze medals for music and language and literature, and he came in first overall at the Honors level for a total of six individual medals.

Serrao received one gold medal for social science, one silver medal for language and literature, and three bronze medals for music, math, and economics. He also came in third overall at the Scholar level for a total of six individual medals.

Spencer won two gold medals, for his scores on the economics and music tests. He also received two silver medals in social science and language and literature, and he came in second overall for the Varsity level for a total of five individual medals.

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