Not only did the Jefferson High School academic decathlon team win the state championship for the 21st year in a row, but they also placed fourth in their division and fifth overall out of 41 teams in this year’s national competition. Both of these ratings are the highest for the Jefferson team in their 31-year history.
“Academic decathlon is the nation’s premier academic competition. It tests students in all facets of academic learning,” says coach Kevin Darrow. “I am very proud of what these students have done while balancing school and extracurricular activities, all while persevering through a pandemic and derecho.”
In addition to the team’s fourth place finish, team members won six individual awards in Division I, including:
- Brianna Olson, interview, gold medal
- Ewan Greear, art, bronze medal
- Samuel Jahnke and Brian Lu, social science, bronze medal
- Brian Lu, literature, bronze medal
- Justin Cano, interview, bronze medal
Other team awards include:
- Kaitlyn deBlois, highest individual team score
- Brian Lu, voted most valuable team member by teammates
- Justin Cano, James West, and Brianna Olson, Director's Communication Award for highest combined score in speech, interview, and essay
Team members include Nkasa Bolumbu, Justin Cano, Kaitlyn deBlois, Ewan Greear, Samuel Jahnke, Sarah Jahnke, Brian Lu, Brianna Olson, Adam Swartzendruber, and James West.
Congratulations to the Jefferson academic decathlon team for their major accomplishments!