Four Frisco ISD high schools earned top-10 finishes and students from eight campuses took home more than 50 individual medals at last weekend’s Texas Academic Decathlon State Meet in El Paso.
Wakeland High School placed fifth in the medium schools division, with Centennial and Lone Star high schools finishing back-to-back in seventh and eighth place. Wakeland’s Hannah Lee placed second overall in the honors division, while Jeremy Maness took fifth overall scholastic.
Lebanon Trail High School also had a stellar showing on its initial visit to the state competition, placing seventh overall in the small schools division. Students from the first-year school – which opened just six months ago – produced 22 medals, with freshmen Tanay Rishi and Rohan Naghabirava finishing second and fifth overall in the honors division, respectively. Eric Bau finished first overall scholastic.
In addition, Heritage High School Coach Gabe Fain was named the Tom Norris Texas Academic Decathlon Coach-of-the-Year for medium-sized schools. The award recognizes dedication and commitment to student achievement and excellence in Academic Decathlon.
Fain was selected by coaches from across the state after a nomination process. He was awarded a trophy and $1,000 prize at the meet.
“Each year as the Ac Dec Head Coach, he has the responsibility to recruit, inspire and prepare his students for success,” Heritage Principal Mark Mimms wrote in support of Fain’s nomination. “His goal is to always instill in them a belief that they are capable of accomplishing goals beyond which they think they are capable. He does this through a love and devotion to his students and this creates in them a belief that regardless of the circumstances, they will succeed.”
The teams from Centennial, Frisco, Heritage, Independence, Liberty, Lone Star, Reedy and Wakeland high schools represented more than 25 percent of all medium-sized schools at the competition – a tremendous testament to Frisco ISD’s commitment to academic excellence and philosophy of smaller high schools.
Each team is comprised of nine students who are tested in ten categories including Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science and Speech.
Academic Decathlon provides high school students with an opportunity to experience the challenges of rigorous academic competition through participation in team activities.
Congratulations to all the participants and coaches, including the following students who brought home medals:
Centennial High School
7th Place Overall Team; 3rd Place Team in Super Quiz
Kyle Grabfelder – Bronze in Speech and Science
Johnny Hernandez – Gold in Science; Bronze in Math
Ivan Rivera – Bronze in Social Studies
Shreya Thakkar – Gold in Interview with a perfect score
Frisco High School
Vasara Iyer – Silver in Interview
Ryann Rosenfield – Gold in Interview with a perfect score
Heritage High School
Gabe Fain – Ac Dec Coach of the Year
Phoebe Bair – Bronze in Economics and Essay
Emerson Kush – Gold in Essay
Jennifer Morse – Silver in Language and Literature; Bronze in Music
Lebanon Trail High School (Small Schools Division)
7th Place Overall Team
Eric Bau – 1st Overall Scholastic; Gold in Art, Music, Economics and Social Science; Bronze in Essay and Science
Joseph Fadhill – Silver in Speech; Bronze in Music
Zain Kalson – Bronze in Economics
Rohan Naghabirava – 5th Overall Honors; Gold in Economics; Silver in Math
Tanay Rishi – 2nd Overall Honors; Gold in Language and Literature, Essay, Music and Interview; Silver in Speech and Social Science; Bronze in Science and Art
Liberty High School
Luke Newcombe – Silver in Social Science
Lone Star High School
8th Place Overall Team
Felipe Rosero Castro – Silver in Social Science; Bronze in Essay
Dante Ewell – Gold in Interview
Emily Heraty – Silver in Economics
Reedy High School
Sarah Varghese – Gold in Speech with a perfect score; Silver in Interview
Wakeland High School
5th Place Overall Team
Sierra Ford – Gold in Speech; Silver in Essay
Hannah Lee – 2nd Overall Honors; Gold in Music; Bronze in Language and Literature, Science and Social Science
Jeremy Maness – 5th Overall Scholastic; Silver in Economics and Art; Bronze in Speech
Kevin Tuttle – Bronze in Math
Matthew Ward – Gold in Music