Oakwood wins 6th consecutive national academic decathlon

In six straight trips, Oakwood High School’s Academic Decathlon team members are once again the Division 3 National Champions.

The team competed in the National Academic Decathlon competition in Madison, Wisc., last week, after qualifying in the March state championship.

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Their March victory was the school’s seventh consecutive state title.

Beyond winning the overall competition, the team also placed first in the Super Quiz Relay, had eight of the top nine overall scores, picked up 56 team medals and an additional 27 individual medals. The students earned $6,250 in scholarship money, as well.

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In the prepared speech category, the top scorers at each of the three levels are chosen to deliver that speech in the prestigious speech showcase. Oakwood senior Connor Hart and sophomore Cameron Hendrix both took part.

Members of the 2017 championship team are seniors Hart, Rey Arcenas, Clay Goertemiller, John Jones and Matt Koch; junior Sam Carryer; and sophomores Hendrix, Rebecca Gentry and Will Janning.

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Individual Oakwood students in the program who were also invited to compete at Nationals are Jordan Neeley, Richard Roediger, Charlie Ross, Yaoyi Xing and William Ayres.

Oakwood High School English teacher Lori Morris is the team’s coach.

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