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42 Ketchikan-area high school students prepare for all-academic competition


February 17, 2017
Friday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - You exercise your body to strengthen your muscles, but what if you want to keep your brain fit? Alaska students know just the trick. Next week, 140 high school students representing 12 high schools from across the state will converge in Anchorage in hopes of out-smarting their competitors at the 32nd Annual Alaska Academic Decathlon, including 42 Ketchikan-area students. Students have been diligently training for months to prepare for the rigorous, all-academic competition, which showcases some of the best of Alaska’s bright young minds at all levels of academic abilities.

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Taking place at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel from Feb. 22 – 25, the Academic Decathlon is an opportunity for high school students to showcase their academic knowledge in an individual and team competition. Each student competes in 10 events, including art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, math, music, science, social science and speech. On Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. students will participate in the Super Quiz, a team competition featuring a relay of students working to answer the most questions correctly in three electrifying rounds. The Super Quiz is the Academic Decathlon’s only public event.

This year’s statewide competition includes 140 students representing teams from Ketchikan to Mountain Village and many communities in between. Forty-two students from the Ketchikan area representing Craig, Ketchikan and Metlakatla high schools will compete in this year’s decathlon.

The Alaska Academic Decathlon is a nonprofit corporation developed to enhance knowledge-based skills and recognize the scholastic achievements of high school students of all academic abilities. Each nine-member team consists of students from all learning levels at their respective high school, including honor students (3.75-4.0 GPA), the scholastic division (3.0-3.74 GPA) and the varsity division (0.0-2.99 GPA).

This year’s competition also includes high school students representing schools in the following school districts: Bering Strait, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Galena City, Juneau, Lower Yukon, Roman Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks and Valdez City.

All teams must compete in local, regional and statewide competitions in order to advance to the national finals. The winning team from the Alaska Academic Decathlon will compete in the U.S. Academic Decathlon, held in Madison, Wisconsin, April 20 – 22, 2017.

The GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon is a statewide all-academic competition for high school students. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation staffed by volunteers. To date, more than $200,000 has been made available to Academic Decathletes in Alaska.

Students competing from Craig High School are:

Team I

  • Johanna Allen, 10th grade
  • Arianna Brooks, 9
  • Tristan Douville, 12
  • Robert (Wyatt) Hilder, 11
  • Dayna Johnson, 9
  • Brandy Marinese, 10
  • Tiffany Mickelson, 9
  • Alex Price, 12
  • Duane Wood, 12
  • Kaylie Yorgensen, 10

Team II

  • Hannah Altland, 10th grade
  • Sydney Bass, 9
  • Mary Bolling, 11
  • Wayne Brookshire, 9
  • Wyeth Sheets, 9
  • Jalyn Spear, 9
  • Tristin Trozelle, 9
  • Victor Wanier, 12

Students competing from Ketchikan High School are:

  • Emme Anderson, 11th grade
  • Ingrid Anzueto, 12
  • Averie Archibald, 12
  • Gabrial Canfield, 12
  • Megan Cornwall, 11
  • Franklyn Correa, 10
  • Mackenzie Fousel, 11
  • Charisma Manalo, 11
  • Daniel Neufeldt, 10
  • Lydia Sumrall, 11
  • Max Varela, 11
  • Largim Zhuta, 11

Students competing from Metlakatla High School are:

  • DaShaun Atkinson, 10th grade
  • Beverly Bishop, 10
  • Ewa Booth, 9
  • Lexi Eaton-Milne, 10
  • Shae-Lynn Hudson, 10
  • Kaleikau-Buxton Jeanette, 12
  • Bryanna Miller, 11
  • Raquel Schoolcraft, 12
  • Liliana White, 10
  • Alana Williams, 12
  • Collin Williams, 12
  • Tim Williams, 10
On the Web:

Information on the competition as well as live stream details


Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

Thompson Public Relations



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