KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan High School’s academic decathlon team will (virtually) face off with other Alaska AcDc teams at the state tournament on Thursday and Friday.
“We have a full team of 12 students competing in the tournament, (three students in each of the required grade categories, and three alternates), thanks to a few last-minute new recruits who volunteered to fill our roster,” wrote Kayhi team coach and teacher Peter Stanton in a Monday email to the Daily News. “Many of the decathletes have been putting in a lot of study hours recently, and I think we will be competitive with the top teams in the state this year.”
Kayhi’s team includes seniors Evelyn Nutt (team captain), August Cooper (team captain), Sarah Short and Phillip Smith; juniors Matthew Nutt, Sandra Johnston and Owen Campbell; and sophomores Franchezca Correa, Austin Ronquillo, Logan Cope-Powell, Elliot Yoder and Paul Whaley.
The team most recently competed in late January, in the final regional competition of the season. Three Kayhi competitors — Evelyn Nutt, Matthew Nutt and Sarah Short — placed in the top 10 at that meet.
The tournament will begin on Thursday, with decathletes competing in the math, economics, science and speech events. Friday’s competition will include the categories of literature, art, music, social science and interviews.
All material learned and presented by the students corresponds with the theme of the season, The Cold War. The theme of the 2019-20 competitive AcDc season was “In sickness and in health.”
The tournament will wrap with a virtual award ceremony on Saturday evening.
“The speeches, interviews and award ceremony will all be conducted and presented through Zoom,” according to Stanton’s email. “The tests will be taken online with everyone in the state taking them simultaneously on the secure US Academic Decathlon website.”