Thanks for helping the Academic Decathlon Southeast Tournament

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008

On Dec. 5 and 6, Juneau-Douglas High School hosted the Academic Decathlon Southeast Regional Tournament. During these two days, students from Southeast Alaska high schools competed in math, social studies, language and literature, economics, music, art, essay writing and this year's superquiz topic, evolutionary biology. Students also subjected themselves to interviews and presented their prepared as well as impromptu speeches.

JDHS was proudly represented by the following students: Rabina Maskay, Franelle Honea, Stephanie Tripp, Ocean Isturis, Nicole George, Derek Lail, Jake Eames and Jamelyn Zeller.

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the Academic Decathlon Southeast Regional Tournament a success. Many thanks to the families who housed our out of town guests, especially to Bill Chalmers who kindly housed additional students at the last minute and the Tajon family for generously offering their home. Special thanks to the essay graders who spent their Friday evening reading and reviewing student essays and Margot Knuth for organizing them, and Juneau school district employees and community members who spent their Saturday morning serving as speech and interview judges: Weston Eiler, Ruth Case, Lyndsey Zeller, Kathy Honea, Karen Doxey, Elizabeth Storey, Debora Gordon, Megs Testarmata, Carole Bookless, Jennifer Ellingson, Brett Schmiege, Jane Ginter (who also served as our tech specialist), Bruce and Laury Scandling, Jack and Arlene Tripp, Bob and Dixie Weiss. Thanks to our AD, Sandi Wagner, who kept our hospitality room well-organized and provided us all the support we needed and our principal Bernie Sorenson who graciously led us through our oral superquiz section.

We couldn't have hosted a successful tournament without the collective effort of the aforementioned JSD employees and our local community's support.

Karina Reyes

Juneau-Douglas High School, Academic Decathlon Advisor


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