Oakwood High School academic decathlon team wins 10th straight U.S. title

The Oakwood High School academic decathlon team has won 10 straight division national titles. CONTRIBUTED

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The Oakwood High School academic decathlon team has won 10 straight division national titles. CONTRIBUTED

Oakwood High School’s academic decathlon team has won its 10th consecutive national title in its division.

OHS team members earned eight out of the nine possible top spots in Division III for overall individual cumulative scores, according to the school district.

The United States Academic Decathlon National Competition was a four-day virtual event ending Saturday.

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The competition featured 48 U.S. teams, plus about 10 teams from China, Coach Lori Morris said. Scoring was based on speeches, tests and interviews, she said.

Evan Hardern, Charli Kulka, and Soren Kingston achieved the top overall scores in their GPA divisions. Rebecca Blumer received the Most Valuable Team Member award, school officials said.

Other team members were Alex Baals Kall, Brian Fischer, Rohan Haack, Danny Vásconez and Elizabeth Yarbrough.

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OHS team members earned 55 individual medals for high scores in the competition’s individual areas — essay, music, art, math, interview, literature, economics, science, social science and speech. They received more than $7,000 in scholarship funds for their achievements, according to the district.

Teams are split into four divisions by size of school. Oakwood’s highest finish across all divisions was second place in 2018 and 2019, records show. It has placed in the top five overall seven times, according to national academic decathlon data.

Oakwood teams have won 12 straight Ohio titles, which requires a first-place finish among all divisions, Morris said.

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