KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan High School's academic decathlon team closed out the 2020-21 AcDc season with a third-place trophy at the U.S. AcDc Alaska state tournament.
Coached by Kayhi teacher Peter Stanton, the small team's roster included Sarah Short, Matthew Nutt, Evelyn Nutt, Franchezca Correa, August Cooper, Elliot Yoder, Phillip Smith, Austin Ronquillo, Sandra Johnston and Paul Whaley.
Between all 10 competitors, Kayhi brought home six gold medals, five silver medals, four bronze medals and 11 top alternate medals, according to a results wrap-up sent to the Daily News by Stanton following the tournament.
"I am incredibly impressed by our team's performance," Stanton wrote. "The decathletes won many medals that they worked extremely hard to earn, and they also won others that were more of a surprise. Placing third in the state was the best performance I could have possibly hoped for this year, given that the Interior Distance Education of Alaska (IDEA) homeschool program (which took second) and Lathrop High School in Fairbanks (which took first) have much larger student bodies to recruit from."
Stanton wrote that throughout the season, the Kayhi students "persevered in staying together, attending practices, and studying hard throughout this difficult year, and I think they all have a lot to be proud of."
Craig High School took first place in the small schools tournament division, and will be competing at the virtual national tournament in April. Fairbanks' Monroe Catholic High School took first place in the medium schools division and also will compete at the national-level tournament.
The Kayhi team members who won medals, according to Stanton, include the following:
• Sarah Short won silver in art, interview and speech; gold in essay; and a $1,000 scholarship with the third-highest scholastic total score in the state.
• Evelyn Nutt brought home bronze in interview and literature, silver in essay, and had the tournament's highest score from a Kayhi team member.
• Elliot Yoder won silver in interview and gold in speech.
• Matthew Nutt took bronze in mathematics and gold in essay.
• Phillip Smith won bronze in music and gold in interview.
• August Cooper won gold in social science.
• Franchezca Correa won gold in interview.
• Austin Ronquillo took home top alternate medals in economics, essay, literature, mathematics, science and social science.
• Sandra Johnston won top alternate medals in art, interview, music and speech.
• Paul Whaley won a top alternate medal in economics.