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Academic Decathlon Soars at State
Posted on 03/27/2014
Academic Decathlon Team w/Sponsor Mr. Poirier & Superintendent Dr. Woodall

Benson High School Academic Decathlon Team Takes State

The Benson Academic Decathlon team competed against 39 of the top Arizona high schools in the 30th Annual Academic Decathlon state competition at the ASU West campus on Friday and Saturday, March 7th & 8th.

Benson was one of three 2A schools competing for the state championship in the small school category. St. John’s High School, who was a perennial champion, was the team to beat with Tombstone High School also in the running. The topic area for this year’s competition was World War I and all but the math, interview, and speech components were focused on this topic. After 10 events, that included essay, speech, interview, math, language and literature, economics, art, music, science, and social science, the Benson team had outscored St. Johns and Tombstone High Schools by over 4,000 points.

The Benson team entered the competition ranked 30th overall in the state.  After completing the competition, they improved their ranking by finishing 16th of all Arizona schools (large and small) in the competition.

“This team really came together and worked very hard for this state championship,” BHS academic decathlon coach Tom Poirier said.  “We always try to measure ourselves by St. Johns as they have quality teams each year. Once we realized we were within striking distance after the regional competition then we knew that we had a great chance at taking the title. We didn’t win any individual medals, but the team win is so much sweeter.”

The Benson team members include: seniors Melissa Bachtel, Justin Ebercohn, Sarah Harper, Edgar Plett, Rachael Sharp, and Ashley Shivvers – and juniors Chelsey Berryhill and Katie Trepanier - and sophomore Jake Thoutt.  Tom Poirier is the teams’ coach.

“Our program gets stronger and stronger each year,” Coach Poirier said.  “I am very proud of our team and am honored to be their coach.”