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By ALAINA BARTEL
Daily News Staff Writer
For the first time in history, the Ketchikan High School academic decathlon team has won the Alaska state championship. Not only was it the first time Kayhi has won the academic decathlon, but it was the first time any team from Southeast Alaska has won the state title, according to Kayhi AcDc coach Peter Stanton.
Stanton said Kayhi’s final score was the fourth-highest winning score in Alaska history, earning a total of 42,398.3 points — defeating the 10-time state champions, Lathrop High School from Fairbanks, by about 1,000 points.
Sixteen students from Kayhi competed in Anchorage, which is more than Stanton has ever taken to the state competition. Kayhi had two teams competing at the event, and Kayhi Team 1 won the championship.
Team 1 consisted of 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. Kayhi Team 2 included freshman Alicia Smith; sophomores Campbell Sande and Evelyn Andersen; and juniors Franklyn Correa, Romuel (RJ) Danao and Grant (Alphege) Dulay.
There were also two alternates for the competition — juniors Daniel Neufeldt and Luke Calderon. They could have replaced a student on Team 1 in case of emergency, and at the competition, they competed for their own individual medals. Calderon won a gold medal in music, and Neufeldt won gold in interview and gold in science at the competition.
Kayhi Team 1 also won the SuperQuiz competition, and the Kayhi decathletes won 33 individual medals. Members from Kayhi Team 1 who won medals included:
• Lydia Sumrall, winning gold in art, gold in economics, gold in literature, gold in music, gold in social science, silver in science and silver in interview. She also earned a $4,000 scholarship as the highest-scoring varsity team member.
Sumrall was also given the State Director’s Award, which honors a competitor who “demonstrates great dedication and commitment to the academic decathlon, and best exemplifies the characteristics of courage, determination and dedication in overcoming significant obstacles to participate in academic decathlon,” according to Stanton.
• Mackenzie Fousel, winning gold in science, gold in music, silver in art, silver in economics, silver in science and silver in social science. She also earned a $2,000 scholarship as the second-highest scoring varsity team member.
• Max Varela, winning silver in economics and silver in social science. He also earned a $1,000 scholarship as the fourth-highest scoring honors, and he set a new Kayhi record for highest individual total score with 7,665.3 points.
• Emme Andersen, winning gold in art, silver in music and bronze in essay. She also won a $1,000 scholarship as the fourth-highest scoring scholastic.
• Adrian Ronquillo, winning gold in music, silver in science, silver in social science and bronze in economics.
• Largim Zhuta, winning silver in science, silver in social science, bronze in mathematics and bronze in economics.
• Charisma Manalo, winning bronze in art.
Those on Kayhi Team 2 who won medals were: Grant (Alphege) Dulay, winning silver in social science; Franklyn Correa, winning bronze in social science; and Evelyn Andersen, winning bronze in science. Andersen also had the highest total score on Kayhi Team 2.
Kayhi’s championship team consisting of Mackenzie Fousel, Lydia Sumrall, Megan Cornwall, Adrian Ronquillo, Emme Andersen, Charisma Manalo, Largim Zhuta and Max Varela will be going to the national competition in April in Frisco, Texas.