Oakwood academic team to defend national title

Oakwood’s academic decathlon team will seek to defend its national title.

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Oakwood’s academic decathlon team will seek to defend its national title.

Members of Oakwood High School’s Academic Decathlon team are preparing to defend their title as nation champions in April after winning a seventh consecutive state title in March.

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Decathletes compete in three different categories based on their grade point averages: Honors is for students with 3.75 or higher, scholastic is 3.0 to 3.75 and varsity is below 3.0. At each competition, the top three individual overall scores for each GPA are recognized.

Beyond winning the overall competition at the state level, the team also placed first in the Super Quiz Oral Relay, and students earned more than 100 individual medals for high scores.

Senior Rey Arcenas received the highest prepared speech score in the competition and was chosen to deliver his speech in the prestigious speech showcase.

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Oakwood students participating this year in Academic Decathlon are seniors Rey Arcenas, Clay Goertemiller, Connor Hart, Cynthia Hong, John Jones, and Matt Koch; juniors Sam Carryer, Juliana Chen, Max Hollmeyer, Jack Johnston, and John White; sophomores Sammi Auditore, William Ayres, Mahmoud Elbasiouny, Rebecca Gentry, Cameron Hendrix, Connor Hick, Will Janning, Ben Mayer, Julia Mullen, Jordan Neeley, Charlie Ross, Sam Sidhu, and Coco Zhang; and freshmen Charlie Blumer, Matt Flannery, Eric Powers, Regina Powers, Richard Roediger, Darren Rubin, Yaoyi Xing and Aviva Young.

The team will head to Madison, Wisc., for the National Championship April 20-22.

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