PHS Academic Decathlon Team excels at regionals, set for state

The PHS Academic Decathlon Team competing at Johnston High School included, front row from left, Amy Aguirre-Eugenio and Ashley Robles; back row from left, Jefry Gonzalez and Seth Borgeson. Photo courtesy PCSD

The PHS Academic Decathlon Team competing at Johnston High School included, front row, Ashley Robles; and back row from left, Jose Chavez, Seth Borgeson and Jefry Gonzalez. Photo courtesy PCSD

The Perry High School Academic Decathlon Team placed third overall in the small school division of regional competition and will now advance to the State Academic Decathlon Competition in Urbandale on March 3-4, the school announced Thursday.

The PHS scholars competed in the regional competition Jan. 26-27 at the Johnston High School and on Central Campus in Des Moines.

The students were first interviewed by judges and asked to present both prepared and impromptu speeches. Then followed tests in the areas of mathematics, science, social science, music, art, literature and economics.

The competition concluded Friday with a Quiz Bowl.

In the Small School Division, the PHS team placed third overall. The strong finish at regionals places them in the top 24 teams in the state — among schools of all size — and earns them the opportunity to participate in the State Academic Decathlon Competition next month.

The Perry team also earned numerous individual honors. The PHS Academic Decathlon Team includes Jefry Gonzalez, Jose Chavez, Amy Aguirre-Eugenio, Ashley Robles and Seth Borgeson.

The team is coached by Teresa Kresse and Lisa Schumacher.

The following individual awards were earned by Perry Academic Decathlon team members in the Small School Division for the indicated level of competition:

Honors Level (GPA of core courses:3.80-4.00+)

Seth Borgeson
2nd place: Social Science
3rd place: Mathematics

Amy Aguirre-Eugenio
2nd place: Interview

Scholastic Level (GPA of core courses: 3.20-3.799)

Jose Chavez
2nd place: Science
3rd place: Speech, literature and music

Ashley Robles
1st place: Economics
2nd place: Art
3rd place: Music, mathematics and overall

Varsity Level (GPA of core courses: 3.199 and below)

Jefry Gonzalez
2nd place: Speech
3rd place: Art, social science, mathematics and interview


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