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Liberty High School Academic Decathlon Team Claims 3A Regionals (January, 2007)

The Liberty High School Academic Decathlon team, in only its first year of competition, claimed the Regional Championship this past weekend (Jan. 19-20) at the 3A Region VII Academic Decathlon Competition at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas. Head coach Dr. Derek McDowell couldn’t have been more proud of the team. “Our roster, consisting of 6 sophomores and 2 freshmen, was one short and matched up against other teams of mostly seniors. For us to come away as Regional Champions is an outstanding accomplishment!” By winning the Regional Competition, the Redhawks earn an automatic bid to compete in the State Competition on February 23-25, 2007 in San Antonio, TX and contend for a chance to represent Texas at the national level.

Team members are Jeannie Nguyen (freshman), Marco Neumayr (sophomore), Andrea Calderon (sophomore), Cody Haines (freshman), David Han (sophomore), Danielle Matise (sophomore), Andrew Hsu (sophomore), and Nancy Yuan (sophomore), with team alternate Michael Perusse (freshman). The team is coached by Dr. Derek McDowell, Patience LeBlanc, and Trinette Robichaux.

The team collected all of the 1st place gold medals in every team event, including Super Quiz Overall Team and the Super Quiz Relay, as well as winning 34 of the 99 individual event medals, including 17 Gold, 6 Silver, and 11 Bronze.

Individual Event Medals

In the Varsity Division
Jeannie Nguyen placed 9th overall winning a Bronze medal in Social Science

Marco Neumayr placed 6th overall winning 3 individual medals
Bronze in Essay
Silver is Super Quiz
Gold in Music

In the Scholastic Division
Andrea Calderon placed 5th overall winning 2 individual medals
Bronze in Math and Silver in Art

Cody Haines finished 4th overall winning 7 individual medals
Bronze in Mathematics, Economics, and Music
Gold in Social Science, Language/Literature, Art, and Super Quiz

David Han placed 1st overall also winning 7 individual medals
Bronze in Social Science and Language/Literature
Silver in Mathematics, Art, and Super Quiz
Gold in Essay and Economics

In the Honors Division
Danielle Matise placed 12th overall winning a Bronze medal in Speech and a Gold medal in Essay

Andrew Hsu (shoe) finished 2nd overall winning 4 individual medals
Bronze in Interview and Art
Silver in Music
Gold in Speech

Nancy Yuan finished 1st overall winning a team high total of 8 individual medals. Of the 10 events, Nancy won the Gold medal in 8 of them!
Nancy won the Gold medal in Interview, Mathematics, Social Science, Economics, Music, Language/Literature, Art, and Super Quiz

Ranking of Team Overall Scores
Frisco Liberty HS 33,451
Frisco Wakeland HS 32,442
Splendora HS 30,719
Cleveland HS 24,481
Dalhart HS 22,402
Liberty HS 21,612
Palacios HS 19,877