The Academic Decathlon team from Lebanon Trail High School will represent Frisco ISD and small schools across Texas at the United States Academic Decathlon National Finals in April in Frisco.
LTHS is the first team from Frisco ISD to advance to nationals after taking first place in the small schools division at the state competition. The team, made up of only freshmen and sophomores, will compete in a new division at the national level which features qualifying schools with fewer than 1,300 students.
A total of eight FISD teams qualified to compete at the Texas Academic Decathlon State Competition, including Centennial, Heritage, Independence, Lebanon Trail, Liberty, Lone Star, Reedy and Wakeland high schools. Three schools: Lone Star, Centennial and Wakeland finished in the top 10 in the medium schools division.
In addition, Wakeland High School Coach Joanna Cone was named the Tom Norris Texas Academic Decathlon Coach of the Year for medium schools. The award recognizes dedication and commitment to student achievement and excellence in Academic Decathlon.
Cone was nominated for the honor by her current and former students, who described the work ethic, enthusiasm and compassion she brings to Academic Decathlon.
“Mrs. Cone believed in me before I even believed in myself,” wrote team member Hannah Lee. “She encouraged me and made me see the potential that I had not just in Academic Decathlon, but also in other competitions, in school and in life in general. Without Mrs. Cone, I would not be where I am right now or who I am right now.”
Cone was selected for the honor by coaches from across the state and was awarded a trophy and $1,000 prize.
Competition results were as follows:
Lebanon Trail High School – 1st Place Overall and 1st Place Super Quiz, 44,932 points
Lone Star High School – 6th Place Overall, 45,470 points
Centennial High School – 7th Place Overall and 2nd Place Super Quiz, 45,344.9 points
Wakeland High School – 8th Place Overall, 44,856.5 points
Reedy High School – 11th Place Overall, 43,667.9 points
Liberty High School – 13th Place Overall, 41,844.2 points
Heritage High School – 15th Place Overall, 41,234.5 points
Independence High School – 16th Place Overall, 41,049.3 points
Academic Decathlon teams consist 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 overall and in each subject.
The following students won overall honors:
Tanay Rishi of Lebanon Trail, 2nd Place
Rohan Nagabhirava of Lebanon Trail, 3rd Place
Brian Peng of Lebanon Trail, 4th Place
Zain Kalson of Lebanon Trail, 1st Place
Taha Khalillullah of Lebanon Trail, 2nd Place
Luke Mello of Lebanon Trail, 3rd Place
Joseph Fadhil of Lebanon Trail, 4th Place
Emily Heraty of Lone Star, 2nd Place
Hannah Lee of Wakeland, 3rd Place
Labiba Uddin of Wakeland, 5th Place
Click here to view a full list of Frisco ISD students who earned medals in each subject.