Academic Decathlon Team Winner in State Competition
Perry Local School District is pleased to announce that the high school Academic Decathlon team recently took first place in the 2016 Ohio State Academic Decathlon, Division III, Small School Competition hosted by John Carroll University. More than 120 students participated in the event, representing nine high schools in the Cleveland, Youngstown and Dayton areas.
Members of this year’s Perry High School team include: seniors Natalie Allen, Matt Burko, and Cecilia Hardy, juniors Hugh Graham, Matt Huston, Colin Reichman and Diana Smith, sophomore Leigh Stavar, and freshman Caden McGing. Team advisors are Mr. Tom Chew and Mr. Rich Stavar. Cecilia Hardy was the school’s Highest Overall Scoring Student. The team will compete in the On-line National Competition in April.
The program is one of the most rigorous and enriching of its kind where students learn lifelong academic and interpersonal skills. Participants take tests in seven subjects – math, science, social science, economics, art, music, and literature – and learn how to deliver speeches, write essays, and undergo interviews. The emphasis throughout, is on collaboration, communication and critical thinking.
A unique aspect of the program is that teams are composed of students from all academic achievements levels.
Academic Decathlon of Excellence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that encourages an enthusiasm for learning and acknowledges academic excellence among Ohio high school students.