KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan High School academic decathlon team will compete in the online U.S. AcDc National Tournament next month, after receiving notice that a Juneau-based team had declined to take its spot in the tournament.
The Kayhi team's competitive season had come to a close in February following a third-place win at the Alaska state tournament.
"Over the past few years, it seems like the U.S. Academic Decathlon has been opening up new opportunities for more teams and students to be able to participate in nationwide competition," Kayhi team coach Peter Stanton explained in a recent email to the Daily News.
"This year, the top Alaska team from each school size division (large, medium, and small) was invited to compete virtually in the USAD nationals competition in April," Stanton continued.
Unbeknownst to the Kayhi team — which competed in the small schools division — the second-place team in each division also received an invitation to the online national tournament this year.
The Juneau-based IDEA homeschool team declined the invitation, leaving third-place Kayhi next in line.
"When I brought up the opportunity to my decathletes, they were very enthusiastic that we should accept!" Stanton wrote.
The competition is scheduled to be split between April 8 and April 30, and will feature eight of the 10 regular AcDc events — interview and speech will not be part of the national tournament.
The essay and art events are scheduled for April 8, and the economics, literature, math, music, science and social science events are set for April 30.
Kayhi's team roster will include seniors Evelyn Nutt, August Cooper and Sarah Short; juniors Franchezca Correa and Matthew Nutt; and sophomores Elliot Yoder and Logan Cope-Powell.
Kayhi will be the only school from Alaska competing.