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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan High School academic decathlon team will be competing in Anchorage from Thursday through Saturday for the state academic decathlon competition.
Sixteen students from Kayhi will be competing in Anchorage, which is more than Kayhi AcDc coach Peter Stanton has ever taken to the state competition in his four years as a coach. He added Kayhi has rarely taken such a large group.
The standard academic decathlon team has up to nine students, so Kayhi will have two teams competing. Kayhi Team 1 will include Charisma Manalo, Max Varela, Largim Zhuta, Emme Andersen, Megan Cornwall, Adrian Ronquillo, Mackenzie Fousel and Lydia Sumrall.
All eight students on Kayhi Team 1 are seniors, and all but one of them also attended the state competition last year, according to Stanton.
“They are an extremely motivated and experienced group,” Stanton said in an email to the Daily News. “Like I mentioned before, I think they have a real shot at winning the state title.”
Kayhi Team 2 will include freshman Alicia Smith; sophomores Campbell Sande and Evelyn Andersen; and juniors Franklyn Correa, Romuel (RJ) Danao and Grant (Alphege) Dulay.
“It was difficult for me to decide on Team 1 and Team 2 decathletes because many of these students were achieving scores just as high as the seniors,” Stanton said in the email. “I have no doubt they should be able to take home a lot of medals, and they may rank pretty high overall as well.”
There also will be two alternates for the competition — juniors Daniel Neufeldt and Luke Calderon. They could replace a student on Team 1 in case of emergency, and otherwise, they get to compete for their own individual medals.
In addition to competing for medals, the decathletes on Team 1 and Team 2 also will be competing for scholarships based on the highest individual total scores. Stanton said he believes there will be $24,000 available Kayhi decathletes won three scholarships last year.