Mesa’s Red Mountain High School finished fourth overall in its first U.S. Academic Decathlon last week.
The team of students won the Super Quiz portion of the academic competition, where students answer questions in the fast-paced portion of the competition.
“It was an unbelievable year and experience,” Red Mountain coach Brad Kaufman told the Tribune. “The team worked so hard and faced incredible competition. Worried that we would not uphold the great Arizona tradition, but beat some great teams from all over the nation.”
Kaufman and Rachel Christensen coached this year’s nine-member team in Minneapolis Thursday through Sunday. Red Mountain won the honor to represent Arizona when it won the state competition. Tucson’s Canyon del Oro also earned a sport at nationals because of its performance. Canyon del Oro finished eighth overall at the U.S. championship.
Red Mountain students also won individual honors in Minneapolis:
• Jacob Cates, gold in music;
• Rachel Hutzell, silver in interview and bronze in speech;
• Will Morrison silver in language and literature and bronze in economics;
• Harrison Finzel, gold in economics, music and essay; and
• Evan Stabley, silver in essay and bronze in science.
The team also included Alex Sabrowsky, Ashlyn Salafia, Brandon Hertneky and Ben Williams. Finzel won the individual title in the scholastic division of the student competition.
The national title was won by Granada Hills Charter High Schools out of California.
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