Coosa High places at the Georgia Academic Decathlon
The Coosa High School team and individual team members scored success at the Georgia Academic Decathlon held recently at Berkmar High School in Gwinnett County. The Coosa team outscored 18 other schools - including several larger high schools - to place second in the Georgia Academic Decathlon Supper Quiz and win the Runner-up Cup.
Two Eagle team members also brought home individual trophies. Kris Bobo earned a Gold Medal in Essay and a Bronze in Economics, DeQuan Johnson earned a Silver Medal in Economics. Bobo and Johnson paced the Eagles as top scorers in the event. The Eagle team played without Keiley Rowland, a senior and the overall leading individual scorer in the local competition, due to a scheduling conflict.
“This was a tremendous accomplishment for these young people who have worked hard daily,” said Randy Vice, coach of the Coosa team. “The entire team performed great this year and we are so proud of these young people.”
Approximately 170 high school students from 19 high schools representing 12 school districts competed in the two-day academic event. During the competition, students were tested in seven content areas: economics, art, literature, mathematics, science, social science, and music. In addition, students earned points individually in three communication events: public speaking, personal interview, and written essay. The program is unique because each nine-member team is made up of three “A”, or Honor students; three “B”, or Scholastic students; and three “C”, or Varsity students. Each year the program features a different overall curriculum topic. “World War II” was this year’s topic.
On Saturday afternoon of the competition, students participated in the exciting Super Quiz, during which team members competed in a quiz bowl format, keying in answers to questions. Catoosa County’s Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe was this year’s Super Quiz Champion. Floyd County’s Coosa High School, coached by Randy Vice and Bill Daughtry, won First Runner-up honors.
Coosa was the System Runner-up in the Academic Decathlon for Floyd County Schools for the second straight year. Pepperell High won the local competition but was also missing one of their team’s top scorers in the state finals due to a schedule conflict. Coosa has won 19 out of the last 28 system academic decathlons.
Coosa team members participating in the state finals included Amya Covington, Julissa Vasquez, Madison Hall, Angel Armas-Alvarenga, Emily Fickett, Dequan Johnson, Kris Bobo, Darrah Barker, Trent Marshall, Savannah Croft, Alexys Davis and Telai Sharpe.
The state competition is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), the Chick-fil-A Foundation and Oglethorpe Power.