KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan High School academic decathlon team placed 11th in the small schools division at the online U.S. Academic Decathlon nationals last month.
The seven competing members of the Kayhi AcDc team placed ahead of teams from states such as Georgia, Ohio and Massachusetts, according to an email sent to the Daily News by team coach Peter Stanton on Monday evening.
The U.S. AcDc nationals were held online this year due to COVID-19, and took place in two parts — half of the events were held on April 8, and half were completed on Friday.
Kayhi senior Evelyn Nutt was the sole member of the team to win a national medal, earning the bronze medal in the essay event.
"However, all of the other Kayhi decathletes performed very well and achieved top-ten scores," Stanton wrote.
According to Stanton, the following decathletes placed during the national tournament:
• Elliot Yoder took fourth place in science, eighth place in essay, ninth place in social science and 10th place in art.
• Sarah Short came in fifth in art and literature, and sixth in math.
• Logan Cope-Powell took sixth place in math and seventh in literature.
• August Cooper placed eighth in social science and 10th in literature.
• Matthew Nutt came in eighth in math.
• Franchezca Correa took 10th place in art.
"I'm very proud of these decathletes' perseverance, team spirit and commitment to learning that they demonstrated throughout this year," Stanton wrote. "We were very glad to have gotten the opportunity to compete at the national level again, and I believe it's great that USAD is providing these avenues for multiple teams from each state to participate every year."
Stanton noted that the theme of the 2021-22 school year's AcDc season will be "water," focusing on marine biology, the impacts of water on humanity, and Jack London's book, "The Sea Wolf."