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Regional Academic Decathlon


Written by: Lizzie Carr

On Friday, January 24th, the AHS Academic Decathlon team traveled to Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, Iowa, for a regional competition. In Academic Decathlon, members are put into levels based on their grade point averages. The students study math, economics, literature, art, music, science, and social studies, all focused on a topic. This year’s topic was “A Study Into Health.” At competitions they take tests, give a speech, and have an interview.  

At Regionals, in the Honors level, Mihir Modi received second in economics and third in interview. Shari Lanus received third in economics, second in interview, and second in speech. Jazmyne Harrison received first in interview and third in speech. Hannah Meyer received first in math. Wren Menke received first in social science, and Harsh Modi received third in economics.

In the Scholastic level at Regionals, Ryan McCauley received first in interview, second in economics, and third in speech. Averie Cunningham was the other member to participate in the scholastic level. She received third in math along with third in interview.

In the Varsity level of the competition, Willow Kent received third in math and also took home second in interview. 

Other Academic Decathlon team members include Hailey Benjamin, Faith Huber, and Krishna Patel, along with coach Janet Votteler leading this amazing group of AHS students.

“The focus is not to be the best but to get better,” Mihir Modi states. Next up for Algona’s Academic Decathlon team is the State competition in Waterloo on March 6th and 7th. Way to represent AHS Academic Decathlon!