The Academic Decathlon was held at Westhill High School on Saturday, January 18 with competitors from Cazenovia, Tully, Westhill, and West Genesee high schools.
The team from West Genesee High School came in third overall with a total of 11 medals. Cazenovia came in first and Westhill came in second. The top three teams will advance to the state competition at SUNY Brockport to be held on February 7-8.
The Decathlon, coordinated by the New York State Director for the United States Academic Decathlon, is an academic competition among high schools in Section III. Since it began as a local academic competition in California in 1968, the U.S. Academic Decathlon has grown to become an international event.
Individual medals were awarded for the highest scores on eight objective written tests in music, art, language, social science, science, mathematics, and economics (super quiz was cancelled as the event was abbreviated due to bad weather).
- Collin Ness (3): 3 Gold – Economics, Language, Science
- Amanda Reney (2): 1 Gold – Social Science; 1 Bronze – Art
- Thomas Cipro (2): 1 Silver – Economics; 1 Bronze – Art
- Jasmyne Russell (2): 2 Silver – Art, Science
- Abigail Annable (1): Gold – Science
- Mason Levy (1): Bronze – Music
The members of the team are Abigail Annable, Logan Battaglia, Thomas Cipro, Janaya Jones, Mason Levy, Collin Ness, Amanda Reney, and Jasmyne Russell, with Hannah Littles as the alternate.
Their coach, Kevin Misiano, is a WGHS Mathematics teacher, who has been meeting with the team since the fall to prepare for the Decathlon.
A school’s team is composed of three “A” students (honor level), three “B” students (scholastic level), and three “C” students (varsity level). All take the same academic tests, but trophies are given for the top three individual scores in each level.