The Academic Decathlon was held at Westhill High School on January 20 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 21 medals. Westhill High School came in first and Cazenovia came in second. Those top three teams will advance to the state competition at SUNY Brockport to be held on February 23-24.
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, economics, and super quiz.
Benjamin Bosak (7): 3 Gold – Social Science, Music, Super Quiz; 3 Silver – Mathematics, Language, Economics; 1 Bronze – Art
Mia Pienkowski (5): 2 Gold – Science, Super Quiz; 2 Silver – Mathematics, Language; 1 Bronze – Art
Hannah Jewell (2): 1 Gold – Music; 1 Bronze – Language
Hannah Jasinski (2): 2 Silver – Language, Social Science
David Wenner (2): 2 Silver – Economics and Science
Cameron Mitchell (1): 1 Gold – Economics
Gavin Gonzalez (1): 1 Gold – Mathematics
Madyson Kelly (1): 1 Silver – Mathematics
Paige Togni: Participant
Griffin and Kendall Dombroske were also members of the team not at this competition.
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.