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Watertown High School team competes at state championship

May 16, 2019

The Watertown High School Academic Decathlon team recently competed in its seventh consecutive trip to the state tournament. For the fourth consecutive year, WHS captured the Division I championship, finishing second overall to Wilmot-Union High School, which went on to win the Division 2 national championship.

Competing team members included Cora Roost, Mary Harrison, Matthew Engel, Sarah Taugher, Anthony Smith, Evan Berth, Jack Sherman, Jakan Loska, Josh Rhodes and Kylie Hulsey.

Overall, 27 medals were awarded to these WHS students at the state championship, with Harrison receiving six, Roost receiving four, Engel with two and Taugher with four. Smith pulled in one medal, Berth two and Loska received three, along with Rhodes earning two. Sherman received an award and scholarship for a perfect interview score. Taugher was also the second overall highest scorer in the state in the Scholastic GPA category. Roost earned the highest score on the WHS team.

From the state tournament, the WHS Academic Decathlon team qualified to compete in the Online National Competition in the “medium school” category, finishing second in the nation. Harrison finished first and Roost finished third in their GPA category overall, against all other students, and Taugher finished second in her GPA category. Overall, 30 medals were earned by these students at the online tournament.

Every year Academic Decathlon students are given a different topic to study. This year the focus was “The 1960s.”

Next year’s topic is “In Sickness and in Health: A History of Medicine” and more than 30 students will start preparing this summer for next year’s competitions, with the intent of earning a state title as well as a national title.