Cazenovia High School’s Academic Decathlon team has brought the state championship title back home and is now preparing to make the trek to Albuquerque, N.M., for the national competition.
On Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, Onondaga Community College hosted for the second year the New York State Academic Decathlon Championship Tournament where six teams from across the state competed for the title — and after all was said and done the trophy once again stayed in the Syracuse area.
Last year’s state champs, West Genesee High School, placed third in the 2012 competition. Also competing at the state level was Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
“I think it’s fabulous. The kids work really hard every day studying,” said Cazenovia Coach Christie Brenneck.
Brenneck, who once taught speech, interview and language and literature at Cazenovia, joined Martin Kelly this year to coach the multiple championship winning team.
“I’m really proud of our team,” said senior Avery Stone-Fish, who brought home a silver medal in math.
According to Stone-Fish, the team is motivated to do well and each year once the packets with study material arrive teammates spend an hour and a half daily studying on top of their regular school curriculum. They are also encouraged to go home and study on their own.
Maxwell Blair, also a senior, said the team is excited for the opportunity to represent New York at the national championship April 26 and 27. Blair was awarded seven medals: four gold and three bronze.
In preparation for New Mexico, the team will be doing some fundraising and even more studying, Brenneck said.
Each member of the teams was required to complete a written essay prior to arriving in Syracuse. Once at OCC, they not only gave prepared and impromptu speeches, but took part in professional interviews and spent Saturday taking written exams in subjects including math, language and literature, economics, art, science, music and a written and oral SuperQuiz.