Empire editorial: Being tops in the state nothing new to JDS students

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011

Today, the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears begin the final step in their pursuits of state basketball titles, with the second-seeded girls tipping off at 8 a.m. against South Anchorage and the No. 4 boys facing North Pole at 11:30 a.m. in Anchorage. We’ve no doubt these teams will make a great showing at state and, win or lose, will continue to make their city and alma mater proud to claim them as their own.

Recently, several other teams from JSD have also been successful in competitions against schools from across the state, and we wanted to ensure our congratulations to and appreciations of them were noted.

Three culinary students from Thunder Mountain High School won the ProStart Invitational Culinary Competition last month in Anchorage. Royes Lumba, Sydney Sabin and Cydney Norberg whipped up a three-course meal in one hour to win the competition. More on this team’s success can be found in the March 3 Empire.

The top prize at last month’s Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl in Seward went to a JDHS squad. This team, named Absolute Vorticity, claimed the awards for best paper and best overall project, and won the quiz bowl en route to the title. Another JDHS team, the Ostentatious Otters, took fourth in the event. The Capital City Weekly wrote about the success of these teams in its Feb. 16 edition.

JDHS’ academic decathlon team finished fourth at the state tournament last month in Anchorage. Academic Decathlon has much in common with its track and field namesake, as students must be knowledgeable in a wide variety of disciplines — such as art, music, geology, literature and history — and be ready to be both tested and interviewed on that knowledge. Erik Stromme and Stephanie Tripp each earned gold medals in a category.

The Crimson Bears also finished well at the Drama, Debate and Forensics state competition last month in Anchorage, taking second in the state. Shanae’a Moore on the state championship in humorous interpretation with a performance that won one of five command performance distinctions at the event.

To know more about the JDHS Academic Decathlon team and to read about other top finishers, please check out the March 6 Empire. Also, all of the above-referenced articles can be found at either juneauempire.com or at capitalcityweekly.com

In local and regional competitions, Juneau School District students have won the Battle of the Books, Poetry Out Loud and spelling bees, and we apologize in advance if any other champions have escaped our notice.

The focus for the rest of the week will be on the Crimson Bears basketball teams as they try to track down new trophies for the JDHS cases. So, it’s their times to shine. However, the glint of championship glory reflected off state-level awards is often shining in the halls of both Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain, and we believe it appropriate to express our pride in and appreciation for the students, teachers and coaches who work hard for all the Juneau School District’s accomplishments.

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