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Racking their brains

Who ever said tests couldn't be fun?

60 students from across Central New York will gather Saturday Feb. 5 at Westhill High School to compete in the 2011 U.S. Academic Decathlon sectionals. The theme of this year's event is "The Great Depression."

The decathlon will begin at 8:30 a.m., with students engaging in a series of paper and pencil tests through 1 p.m. Students will be tested in art, music, language and literature, social science, mathematics and economics. The "Super Quiz" will commence at 1:40 pm., when students will respond to questions in front of an audience. This year's Super Quiz topic is "An Introduction to Geology."

The awards ceremony will be held following the Super Quiz. The two highest scoring teams will advance to the New York State Competition on March 11 and 12 at Onondaga Community College. The national USAD competition will be held April 27 through 30 in Charlotte, N.C.

Districts participating in the 2011 Academic Decathlon sectionals are:

Cazenovia

Coaches

Susan McKillop and Martin Kelly

Students

Maxwell Blair, Alexandra Cameron, Hannah Gravelding, Robert Louis, David Martellock, Darren Mihaich, Kyle Polhamus, and Cullen Singleton. Alternates: Sam Medbury and Avery Stone Fish

North Syracuse

Coaches

Theresa Rice and Shannon Brisson.

Students

Alia Abuqube, Anthony Arena, Lauren Emigholz, James Froio, Brian Hertzberg, Andrew Houghtaling, Daniel Martin, Brian Sweeney and Jacob Wildin

Liverpool

Coach

Daryl Burrer

Students

Jon Carpenter, Nate LeClair, Ahmed Mahmoud, Lawrence Nguyen, Raj Patel, David Purvis, and Carina Sorrentino. Alternate: Sherice Simpson

Tully

Coach

Eufemia Gallipeau

Students

Dave Barry, Cody Bertolo, Chris Cook, Leo Doody, Ashley Evans, Erich Gauss, Zach Kennedy, John Langley and Marcus Warner

West Genesee

Coach

Scott Duda

Students

Thomas Brogan, DJ Campbell, Abigail Hard, Alec Kearns, Mike McCartney, Caitlin Nolan, Kaitlyn Richards, Matt Serrao, and Kevan Spencer. Alternates: Martin Leff, Jerry Roy and Jenny Smacher

Westhill

Coaches

Nancy Rein and Sarah Fleming

Students

Brendan Eicholzer, Andrea Golembiewski, Carrie Griffo, Jordan Roach, Juliana Thompson, Kate Wawro, George Wong and Kalia Zell. Alternate: Rachel Berry

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