The West Geauga Academic Decathlon team attended the State competition and won high honors.
Said Ben Speros, the team advisor, “Unlike Regionals, this time we were directly up against the second-best in the nation team Oakwood. We still took 19 medals (in 67 possible areas), and finished second in our division, and third in the state overall, behind Oakwood and Willoughby South.”
Notably, Senior Mariana Valdez-Punales had the highest scoring speech in the state, earning a 955 out of a perfect 1000, and delivered her speech at the prestigious speech showcase portion of the awards ceremony. Junior Hannah Barker had the highest overall score for the team.