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Chino Valley High School Academic Decathlon team fares well

Front Row: Joe Velasco, Taylor Knippenberg, Athena Bond, Cody Burns and Olivia Hanby. Back Row: Coach Dan “Mr. I.” Isenberg, Jacob Akans, Cy McMains and Gabe Girard.

Front Row: Joe Velasco, Taylor Knippenberg, Athena Bond, Cody Burns and Olivia Hanby. Back Row: Coach Dan “Mr. I.” Isenberg, Jacob Akans, Cy McMains and Gabe Girard.

On Feb. 5 and 6, Chino Valley High School students participated for the second year in regional Academic Decathlon competitions. This year’s topic was all about India. Students were able to study and learn about India’s literature, science, social science, economics, art and music. With the help of their adviser, Dan Isenberg, students began the preparation for competition by reviewing study guides for each subject. The use of 1,000 India Trivia Cards from all subject areas and reading together with a partner for 20 minutes also helped tremendously in preparing students for competition. Students would then finish the class period working on their speeches.

Isenberg noted that some of the positive individual results in the competition included the following: Jacob Akans finished fifth in Social Science in the Honors Category. Athena Bond finished fourth for Best Speech (just barely missing the Bronze Medal) and fifth in Mathematics. BrookeAnne Wolfe finished fourth in Mathematics in the Honors Ranking. Although Gabriel Girard couldn’t make it on Saturday, his essay that he entered did well. One judge gave him a 90 and the other one gave him a 75!

Academic decathlon (“Acadec”) is a nationally recognized program in which students are given the opportunity to excel academically through team competition. It is a competition at the district, regional, state and national level. The competition entails detailed tests on language and literature, economics, music, art, history, mathematics, science, essay, speech, and interview. Each year there is a theme to the curriculum. Academic Decathlon serves as a vehicle with which to better prepare students for the university. The rigor, the test taking, the prodigious reading, interview and public speaking skills are all designed to better prepare our students for a career and university education in the 21st century. If any high school student is interested in participating on next year’s team, they should contact their counselor or Isenberg.

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