Shaw High's Academic Decathlon students win big for second year in a row

Shaw High's Academic Decathlon students win big for second year in a row
(Credit: Taylor Kinkade)
(Credit: Taylor Kinkade)
(Credit: Taylor Kinkade)
(Credit: Taylor Kinkade)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Shaw High School's Academic Decathlon team has scored another big win.

For the second year in a row, the team won first place overall in the Muscogee County School District on Saturday, Jan. 10.

The students won 32 individual medals, three individual trophies and two individual scholarships.

Team members were awarded honors in several competitions on math, science, music and language and other academic areas.

The champions will go on to compete in the state academic decathlon competition in Lilburn, Ga. on Feb. 27 and 28.

Shaw High School's Academic Decathlon team members are Anderson Peguero II (captain), Amy Lee, Aliyah Davis, Grant Geeslin, Kameron Leatherwood, Alltonese Gray, Pearl Brown, Robbie Allen, and Charles Boggs. The team is coached by Natasha Torres.

Not only did the team win overall, but students were awarded individual honors in various competitions:

Anderson Peguero II – 1st Essay, 1st Language and Lit, 2nd Music, 2nd Science, 2nd Economics, 3rd Speech, 3rd Math, 2nd Overall in HONORS

Amy Lee – 1st Language and Lit, 1st Math, 1st Science, 1st Economics, 2nd Essay, 2nd Art, 2nd Social Science, 3rd Music, 1st Overall in HONORS, $600 scholarship to CSU. Amy Lee also got all 5 questions correct in the Super Quiz Oral Relay.

Aliyah Davis – 2nd Science, 3rd Social Science, 3rd Essay

Grant Geeslin – 1st Essay, 2nd Social Science

Kameron Leatherwood – 1st Math, 1st Science

Charles Boggs – 1st Math, 1st Interview, 1st Science, 2nd Economics, 2nd Language and Lit, 3rd Speech, 3rd Social Science, 1st Overall in Varsity, $600 scholarship to CSU

Robbie Allen – 3rd Science, 3rd Art, 3rd Language and Lit

The Academic Decathlon is a competition among high school students. The team must consist of “A” (Honors), “B” (Scholastic), and “C” (Varsity) level students.  Competition events include seven tests of academic strength in the areas of economics, mathematics, language and literature, science, music, art, and social science; the three communication competitions include a prepared and impromptu speech, an interview, and a written essay.  The competition concludes with a Super Quiz Oral Relay.

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