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Yuma Union’s Academic Decathlon teams do well in Region III competition


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  • Gina Olivas/Yuma Union High School District

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Yuma Union High School District‘s Academic Decathlon teams competed in the Region III Academic Decathlon competition in Sahuarita, Arizona the weekend of February 7 and 8.

The overall competition was won by Canyon Del Oro High School from Tucson, AZ, but Cibola High School placed 2nd out of 14 schools in Region III.

Yuma Union's Academic Decathlon teams do well in Region III competition CHS-AD-TeamCibola was also awarded the most improved team trophy by increasing their team score by 5,563 points since 2014.

Cibola and Gila Ridge will advance to the state competition in Phoenix on March 13 and 14.

The other high schools in YUHSD (Yuma, Kofa, Gila Ridge, and San Luis) also competed at a high level and students were awarded medals for their efforts.

Cibola students received individual medals in:

  • —  Bronze in Art – Jakob Hunter
  • —  Gold in Essay – Levi McBride
  •   Bronze in Interview – Abhijay Murugesan
  • —  Bronze in Language and Literature – Abhijay Murugesan
  • —  Bronze in Social Sciences – Jakob Hunter

Gila Ridge student received individual medals in:

  • —  Bronze in Economics-Melissa Galate
  • —  Bronze in Social Science-Melissa Galate

Kofa students received individual medals in:

  • —  Gold in Economics -Claudia Estrada-Lara
  • —  Gold in Language and Literature – Claudia Estrada-Lara

Yuma student received individual medal in:

  • —  Silver in Interview-Nathalie Barraza
Yuma Union's Academic Decathlon teams do well in Region III competition GRHS-AD-Team-2

Gila Ridge High School Academic Decathlon team (Photo courtesy of Yuma Union High School District )

The United States Academic Decathlon® competition is comprised of ten events.

There are seven multiple-choice exams—one in each of the following subject areas: art, economics, literature, mathematics, music, science and social science. Students will also take an essay exam and will be judged in a speech event as well as an interview event.

The culmination of the competition is the Super Quiz™ relay. The Super Quiz™ relay includes questions (in multiple-choice format) from the following six subject areas: art, economics, literature, music, science, and social science.

The multiple-choice exams in art, economics, literature, music, science and social science each have 50 questions. The mathematics exam has 35 questions.

Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 “A” or Honor students (3.750 – 4.00 GPA), 3 “B” or Scholastic students (3.00 – 3.749 GPA), and 3 “C or below” Varsity students (0.00 – 2.999 GPA).

The theme for the 2014–2015 Academic Decathlon® season is New Alternatives in Energy: Ingenuity and Innovation.

For more information about the Academic Decathlon teams, please contact a coach at one of the YUHSD high Schools.

Cibola – Elaine Potes – epotes1@yumaunion.org

Gila Ridge – Tricia Ellsworth – tellsworth@yumaunion.org

Kofa – Roger Ramirez – rramirez@yumaunion.org

Yuma – Travis Gauthier – tgauthier@yumauion.org

San Luis – Angela Quiram – aquiram1@yumaunion.org