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Gila Ridge students shine at Academic Decathlon Regionals

Gila Ridge High School would like to celebrate the accomplishment of our Academic Decathlon Team that recently competed in the Regional competition in Tucson, Arizona on Feb. 1-2. 

In the overall competition, Gila Ridge came in second place in the 4A Division, students that medaled include:

Joseph Dressler won with the Best Overall Interview and received a Gold in this category. Bailey Navy received a Gold in the Honors Essay Competition. Brandon Sarrisin received a Silver in the Honors Social Science competition as well as a Bronze in the Science competition.

The Arizona Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. Just like its ancient Greek counterpart, the Academic Decathlon consists of ten events; success doesn’t come from being the best in a single event, it comes from mastering ten varied skills and disciplines.

Every Academic Decathlon competition, whether it’s a regionalstate or national final follows the same format. Students compete in art, economics, essay, interview, language & literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, and speech. And teams compete in Super Quiz, the public quiz-show-style culmination of each competition. Each school enters a team of nine decathletes: three Honor (“A”) students, three Scholastic (“B”) students, and three Varsity (“C”) students.

The region competitions are held the first weekend of February at four regional locations: Region I in Northern Arizona; Region II in West Phoenix; Region III in Southern Arizona; and Region IV in East Phoenix. The teams are limited to the nine members who have qualified for their team and the students compete using the USAD Round 2 tests.

James Kuzniak