Cazenovia The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team brought home another victory over the weekend, when it took first place at the 2014 sectional U.S. Academic Decathlon held Jan. 25 at Westhill High School in Syracuse.
Cazenovia competed against five other Central New York school districts — Liverpool, North Syracuse, Tully, West Genesee and Westhill — in the daylong academic competition.
The Cazenovia 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 26 individual medals, in addition to the overall first-place trophy and first place in the Super Quiz oral relay competition.
An Academic Decathlon is a 10-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students, in which participants are tested in the areas of art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social studies and speech. Everyone on the team takes every test, and the three students with the highest scores in each subject receive medals.
“The students have been working extraordinarily hard to get to where they are,” said Ben Wightman, the Cazenovia’s AD team’s adviser and a substitute teacher in the district. “They organize and run most of their study sessions on their own, and put in countless hours of independent study. It was good to see their effort rewarded.”
Next up is the state competition in Brockport on Feb. 28 and March 1. The winner of the state competition will have the opportunity to go to Honolulu, Hawaii, in April to participate in the national competition. Westhill and West Genesee will also represent Section III in Brockport.
Cazenovia’s team has been the state champion eight of the last nine years. “Needless to say, I am very proud of what they have accomplished so far, but they know this is just the beginning,” Mr. Wightman said. “We are facing some tough competition this year, and if we want to keep going, it is essential for us to keep improving.”
The theme for the 2013-14 Academic Decathlon season is World War I.
Laura Ryan is the Cazenovia CSD public information officer.