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Academic Decathlon team receives $2K donation, schedules fundraising dinner

The Academic Decathlon team posed with members of Oneida Savings Bank after receiving the $2,000 donation last week. Pictured — Back row, from left: Joe Mevec, Katherine Boone, Robin Gallup (Oneida Savings Bank office manager), Barbara Houghton (Oneida Savings Bank community lender), Danielle Axelson, Bob Lewis and Ben Wightman (AD team coach). Front row, from left: Chase Matteson, Brock Houghton, Riley Lloyd, Remi Boissonnas and Piper McKinnon. Not Pictured: Emma Dudley and Lars Oglsen.

The Academic Decathlon team posed with members of Oneida Savings Bank after receiving the $2,000 donation last week. Pictured — Back row, from left: Joe Mevec, Katherine Boone, Robin Gallup (Oneida Savings Bank office manager), Barbara Houghton (Oneida Savings Bank community lender), Danielle Axelson, Bob Lewis and Ben Wightman (AD team coach). Front row, from left: Chase Matteson, Brock Houghton, Riley Lloyd, Remi Boissonnas and Piper McKinnon. Not Pictured: Emma Dudley and Lars Oglsen.

— Oneida Savings Bank last week donated $2,000 to the Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team to help the group raise funds to attend the national championship competition in Hawaii later this month.

“As part of being a community bank we are very proud to support the Academic Decathlon to reach their fund raising goal,” said Barbara C. Houghton, community lender at the Cazenovia branch of Oneida Savings Bank.

Also last week, the team announced that it will hold its final major fundraising effort — a Mother’s Day basket raffle and spaghetti dinner — at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Cazenovia American Legion on Chenango Street. Event tickets will be $10 per person, with a limit of 100 tickets available.

“The raffle and dinner is our last big fundraiser and we have a goal of $3,500 to $4,000,” said team co-captain Danielle Axelson.

As the team moves into the final weeks of its fundraising drive, it is moving closer to its ultimate goal of raising $10,000 to allow it to travel to Hawaii.

Recently, an anonymous donor pledged $3,000 to the team’s efforts if the community will match the amount.

“We’re very excited right now, and, just as they have been doing all year, the kids are spearheading the fundraising efforts,” AD team coach Ben Wightman said recently. “I’m optimistic we’ll make our [fundraising] goal. The community has been very supportive of us.”

To donate to the Academic Decathlon team, checks made be made out to the Cazenovia Central School District with “Academic Decathlon” written on the memo line. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at the district business office at 31 Emory Ave.

The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team — made up of members Brock Houghton, Katherine Boone, Joe Mevec, Riley Lloyd, Danielle Axelson, Emma Dudley, Chase Matteson, Piper McKinnon, Lars Ohlsen, Bob Louis, and Remi Boissonnas — won the sectional championship on Jan. 25 and the state championship on Feb. 28 and March 1. If they can raise the travel funds they need, they will compete at the national championship in Hawaii April 24 to 26.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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