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Jan. 29, 2018 - Plano East Academic Decathlon Team Regional Champs

 

The Region X Academic Decathlon competition was held at Highland Park High School on January 19- 20. Plano East Senior High School won first place and will represent Region X at the state Academic Decathlon competition on February 22-25 in San Antonio, and Plano East also won second place in the Super Quiz competition. Plano Senior High took fifth place at the competition, and the Plano West Senior High team placed twelfth in the region (out of 18 teams).

Academic Decathlon is a 10-event scholastic competition in the subjects of art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science and speech. This year's topic of focus is Africa. Students and their coaches spend months preparing for this competition.

Plano East Senior High School, Region X Champions 

Coaches are Pedigo, Richard Sklar and Dusty Vincer.

 Plano East Academic Decathalon team picture with coaches and Assistant Superintendent Katrina Hasley

Plano East Academic Decathlon Team: (Front row)  Brandon Wei, Jatin Suri, Rohan Selvaraj, Rishi Shah
(Back Row) Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services Dr. Katrina Hasley, Evan Hatchett, PESH Academic Decathlon coach Richard Sklar, Sujith Baktha, Annie Jain, Natasha Raman, Rahul Mandalia, PESH Academic Decathlon coach Brandon Pedigo, Plano East Academic Decathlon coach Dusty Vincer

Individual honors

Honors Division

  • Annie Jain, third overall, first place economics, second place art, second place essay, second place music, second place science, third place language and literature, third place social science, 
  • Rahul Mandalia, third place science
  • Natasha Raman, first place math, first place speech, second place science, 

Varsity Division

  • Sujith Baktha, fifth place overall, first place science, second place in speech
  • Evan Hatchett, second place economics
  • Rishi Shah, third place music

 

Plano Senior High School, Fifth Place

Coaches are Jason Barton, Alex Marbukh and Shannon Reczek.

Plano Senior High Academic Decathalon team picture with coaches

Plano Senior High Academic Decathlon Team: (Back row) Academic Decathlon Coach Alex Marbukh, Henry Wang, Shuda Xia, Karen Chen, Matthew Lu, Carlos Mena, Holly Roper, Academic Decathlon Coach Jason Barton and
(Front row) Academic Decathlon Coach Shannon Reczek, Olivia Shih, Katherine Lei, Megha Manne,  Kathryn Roberts, Christine Park, Esther Yun, Hermina Lapteacru. Not pictured, Kenny Huang.

Individual honors

Honors Division

  • Karen Chen, fourth overall, first language and literature, first science, second art, second economics, second math, third social science
  • Katherine Lei, fifth overall, third art, third math, third music
  • Shuda Xia, third math 

Scholastic division

  • Hoaning “Henry” Wang, third essay

 

Plano West Senior High, Twelfth Place

Coaches are Kelly Brennan and Kerri Connelly. 

Plano West Academic Decathlon Team photo

Plano West Academic Decathlon team: Joseph Servin, Ram Krishna, Devin Himatsinghani, Rachel Marsh, Daming Lin, and Raymond Wei

Individual Honors

Varsity Division

  • Rachel Marsh, fourth place individual overall (7,184 out of a possible 10,000 points) and first place in language and literature

Honors Division

  • Daming Lin, first place math (with a perfect score of 1000 points), third place social science

Scholastic Division

  • Devin Himatsinghani, second place math