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Four Frisco High Schools Head for State (January, 2008)

Academic Decathlon teams from all four Frisco Independent School District high schools have qualified at the Regional level to compete in the state finals – making this the second year in a row Frisco will send four teams to the “AcDec” finals in San Antonio February 28-March 2.

Last year, all four schools managed to finish in the top five of their respective size categories at state – Liberty and Wakeland in small schools and Centennial and Frisco High School compete in the medium-school category. Liberty and Centennial each took first place at regional competition this year, with Wakeland and Frisco High School both taking third place.

Liberty High School Redhawks outscored John Paul II and sister school Wakeland. Liberty is a 3A school in its second year of competition but its score of 40,239 points was higher than all the large 5A schools that compete in the large-school division.

Head coach Dr. Derek McDowell said the team did what it set out to do.  “Our team goal was to break 40,000 points.  Everyone did their part in preparing and making it happen on competition day.  With a team lacking seniors, we bested even the scores of the large 5A schools competing at our site.  Only a few small schools have ever broken 40,000, Frisco High being one of them, but that was at the state competition.  We believe that our regional score to be one of the highest ever by a small school at a regional competition”

The 3A Wakeland Wolverines will join the Liberty Redhawks at state competition because the right to advance to state is based on overall scores, not ranking. Wakeland scored 38,471 points overall.

Centennial High School Titans also captured first place in the medium-size school division. Centennial is a 4-A school with a long history of high scores in academic decathlon. This team’s first place score of 41, 563 automatically advanced the Titans to state competition.

Frisco High School Raccoons garnered a third place slot at the medium-sized school division regional competition. But the high score of the team, 40,566 still qualifies it to go on to state competition.

Individual scores are listed on each high school website.