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AcDc team hopeful after first competition: Kayhi hosts teams from around Southeast Alaska
Kayhi student Megan Cornwall, left, checks her calculator while Craig students, Aaron Hilder, wearing ball cap, and Franklyn Correa, next to Hilder, work on their AcDc math exams Friday at the Kayhi library. Kayhi students wore their school color maroon. Photo by Hall Anderson


KETCHIKAN (KDN) — More than 60 students from around Southeast Alaska gathered at Ketchikan High School from Thursday through Saturday for the first regional academic decathlon meet, during which eight Kayhi students placed in the top 20 overall and several in the top 10 for events.

Lydia Sumrall placed eighth in social science, seventh in essay, sixth in interview, fifth in speech, fifth in music, fourth in art, fourth in economics, third in literature, first place in science and placed third overall.

Mackenzie Fousel snagged ninth in math, ninth in interview, sixth in art, fourth in science, third in economics, second in social science, took first place in both literature and music and placed fifth overall.

• Charisma Manalo placed eighth in science, seventh in social science, sixth in math, sixth in literature, fifth in art, second in interview and placed seventh overall.

• Campbell Sande took home 10th place in social science, eighth in economics, fifth in art, fifth in speech, fourth in essay, fourth in music, third in literature, and ninth place overall.

• Evelyn Andersen placed 10th in music, ninth in math, eighth in economics, seventh in science, fifth in essay, fourth in literature and placed 12th overall.

• Daniel Neufeldt clinched eighth place in social science, seventh in economics, seventh in literature, third in science, second in math and placed 13th overall.

• Emme Andersen took home 10th in art, 10th in literature, 10th in science, seventh in math, sixth in music, fifth in economics, second in essay and 14th place overall.

• Franklyn Correa snagged ninth place in social science, eighth in art, eighth in science, and had the 19th highest score overall.

• Max Varela placed ninth in science, seventh in social science, seventh in art, sixth in music, fifth in literature, third in math and took home first place in economics.  

• John Luke Calderon placed ninth in speech, eighth in art and eighth in math.

• Robert Cope-Powell took ninth in science and fourth in literature.

• Megan Cornwall snagged third place in interview.

• Adrian Ronquillo placed sixth in social science.

• August Cooper clinched seventh place in interview.

• Ruvelen Correa took ninth in music.

• Angela Rodriguez placed 10th in art.

“The Juneau-Douglas decathletes did extremely well at this meet,” Kayhi AcDc coach Peter Stanton said in an email to the Daily News, “and had many of the top 10 overall scores. However, I feel like I have an amazing team this year — and probably one of the largest Kayhi has ever had, with 23 committed students involved.”

Stanton went on to say the team has the passion, drive, and depth to compete for the state title in February, but before that, the AcDc will compete at its next regional tournament in Metlakatla on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13.

Editor’s Note: Daily News staff writers Scott Bowlen and Alaina Bartel were judges for a speech portion of the event.