Kayhi’s Academic Decathlon team achieved its best performance ever at the state tournament in Anchorage this past weekend. The team finished second, missing the state title by less than one percent.
Junior Largim Zhuta is already looking forward to another great season and is certain the team can improve to get first place in state next year.
“My plans for improving next year is to start earlier,” said Zhuta. “It’s one of those things with however much time you put into it, that’s the reward you are going to get. As for my goals, I want Kayhi to win its first state title next season. With being so close to winning and seeing the officials bring out the gigantic trophy and give it to Lathrop definitely stung. But I’m still very proud of the entire team, with being the best Kayhi team ever to compete. The dedication, motivation, and the great attitudes everyone showed was phenomenal. With that being said, the future looks promising.”
Junior Max Varela feels content with achievements this year.
“Last year I went to state as an alternate and won only one medal,” said Varela. “This year, my scores were much better and I won five medals total, while also discovering new strategies that improve my study habits. I’m very happy with how the team performed because we were the highest scoring Kayhi team in history.”
Junior Lydia Sumrall competed in the state competition and to have earned a $2000 scholarship for her performance.
“I’m really happy about it, and honestly kind of surprised,” said Sumrall. “I received the scholarship for being the second highest varsity competitor at the meet. I’m genuinely thankful I got it.”
Zhuta won bronze in science, silver in math, silver in social science, and gold in economics. He was also the highest-scoring member of the team.
Varela won bronze in economics, silver in art, and gold in social science.
Sumrall won bronze in music, bronze in interview, silver in essay, gold in literature, gold in art, and gold in science. She also earned a $2000 scholarship as the 2nd-highest scoring varsity student in the state.
Senior Ingrid Anzueto won bronze in music, silver in literature, silver in art, and silver in social science. She also earned a $2000 scholarship as the 2nd-highest scoring scholastic student in the state.
Senior Ingrid Anzueto won bronze in music, silver in literature, silver in art, and silver in social science. She also earned a $2000 scholarship as he 2nd-highest scoring scholastic student in the state.
Junior Charisma Manalo won silver in interview, silver in literature, gold in music, and gold in art.
Senior Gabrial Canfield won bronze in literature and gold in interview.
Sophomore Daniel Neufeldt won gold in science.
Freshman Franklyn Correa won gold in literature and gold in social science.
Junior Megan Cornwall won bronze in essay, bronze in interview, and silver in speech.