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All FISD High Schools Advance to State Academic Decathlon

Jan 27, 2017

Regional Champion Wakeland High School Academic Decathlon Team

Frisco ISD will send student teams from all nine high schools to the Texas Academic Decathlon State Meet, set for February 24-25 in El Paso.

It’s a testament to the District’s commitment to excellence and model of smaller high schools, which provides many opportunities for students to excel in academics, athletics and fine arts.

Wakeland, Centennial, Lone Star, Heritage, Independence, Liberty, Frisco and Reedy high schools all finished in the top ten for medium-sized schools at the Regional Tournament held January 20-21 at Coppell High School and advance to the state tournament.

Lebanon Trail High School qualified for state in the small schools division, competing only with freshmen and two fewer students than many participating schools.

Academic Decathlon provides high school students with an opportunity to experience the challenges of rigorous academic competition through participation in team activities.

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. Students can obtain medals as a team and individually in each subject.

Frisco ISD teams all posted scores in the top 25 in the state in their division. Only 30 teams advance to state competition in the medium schools division – FISD schools make up more than 25 percent of that number.

“This is an absolutely tremendous accomplishment for Frisco ISD and one that we should all celebrate,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeremy Lyon. “There isn’t another school district in the state that has as many students and schools advancing to compete in this competition. It’s just unprecedented.”

Here’s a look at the final results from regional competition:

Medium Schools Division - Team

Wakeland High School, 1st Place (2nd Place Super Quiz)
Centennial High School, 2nd Place (1st Place Super Quiz)
Lone Star High School, 3rd Place (1st Place Super Quiz)
Heritage High School, 5th Place
Independence High School, 6th Place
Liberty High School, 7th Place (3rd Place Super Quiz)
Frisco High School, 8th Place
Reedy High School, 10th Place

Medium Schools Division - Individual

Honors Division

Hannah Lee of Wakeland, 1st Place
Kyle Grabfelder of Centennial, 2nd Place
Kevin Tuttle of Wakeland, 3rd Place
Mona McElroy of Frisco, 4th Place
Jason Zhu of Centennial, 5th Place

Scholastic Division

Jeremy Maness of Wakeland, 1st Place
Matthew Ward of Wakeland, 2nd Place
Andrew Deleski of Wakeland, 3rd Place
Scott Berkhimer of Lone Star, 4th Place
Phoebe Bair of Heritage, 5th Place

Varsity Division

Johnny Hernandez of Centennial, 1st Place
Sierra Ford of Wakeland, 3rd Place
Zoya Bokhari of Lone Star, 4th Place

Small Schools Division – Team

Lebanon Trail High School, 4th Place (1st place in Super Quiz)

Small Schools Division - Individual

Honors Division

Tanay Rishi, 1st Place

Scholastic Division

Eric Bau, 2nd Place

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