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Congratulations to Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and Wellesley High School!

Massachusetts's top two teams represented the state proudly at the 2019 Nationals competition in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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What is Academic Decathlon?

Massachusetts Academic Decathlon is an academic competition in which teams of 9 high school students battle in 10 different events:

  • 7 objective tests based on a college-level, academically rigorous curriculum linked by a common theme
  • 3 subjective events that challenge us to develop, connect, and communicate ideas and personal experiences under pressure
  • one high-pressure, high-stakes Super Quiz relay open to the public
Along this epic adventure, beginning when the new theme is released in May and continuing until the United States Academic Decathlon National Finals the following April, students from all academic backgrounds have the opportunity to be a part of something greater than themselves, to discover and embrace the thrill of learning and academic exploration that soon turns into a lifelong pursuit of knowledge, and to gain the skills and build the relationships that no classroom experience could ever hope to match.

It's about daring to push your limits, to master college-level material and to practice skills, like public speaking, that might be wholly new to you. It's about the people you'll meet along the way -- the coaches who will mentor you, the competitors who will challenge you, and the teammates who will become your lifelong friends.

Dr. Les Martisko

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2019 Nationals Results

From April 25-27, 2019, 73 teams from across the world competed at the United States Academic Decathlon National Finals in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Despite both teams missing key players, both Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and Wellesley High School shone while representing Massachusetts, taking home a total of 21 event medals between the two of them.

Additionally, Wellesley sophomore Ben Workman's outstanding performance in Division IV earned him a gold medal as overall top scorer with 8,847.4 points.

Here's a breakdown of how both teams did:

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School:
State Champions Acton-Boxborough took home an impressive 11 event medals in the highly competitive Division I, with student Ajay Karthik also earning the Founder's Scholarship for having improved the most of all competing Varsity students.

Their medal breakdown is as follows:

  • Poonam Sahoo - Silver in Art; Bronze in Literature; Bronze in Math
  • Stefan Quaadgras - Bronze in Economics; Bronze in Literature; Bronze in Math
  • James Hu - Silver in Music
  • Nicholas Chafy - Bronze in Art; Silver in Literature; Silver in Social Science
  • Emory Peng - Silver in Math

Wellesley High School:
State Runners-Up Wellesley took home a total of 10 medals, eight of which by sophomore Ben Workman, who took first overall in Division IV and was one of three students selected to present their speech in front of hundreds of students, coaches and parents at the awards ceremony.

Their medal breakdown is as follows:

  • Ben Workman - Silver in Art; Silver in Economics; Gold in Literature, Bronze in Math, Silver in Music, Gold in Science, Bronze in Social Science, and Gold in Speech
  • Sonia Subramaniam - Bronze in Speech
  • Olivia Bogiages - Silver in Essay

Longtime Acton-Boxborough coach Andrew Crick was also presented with an award by Massachusetts Academic Decathlon commemorating his twenty years of incredible dedication and hard work spent coaching his team. Mr. Crick will retire from teaching at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Past competition results can be found here!

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Competition Schedule

Date Competition Location
November 23, 2019 Round 1 Quincy High School
February 1, 2020 Regionals Pittsfield High School,
Ashland High School, and
Franklin High School
February 29, 2020 State Finals MIT
April 30-May 2, 2020 USAD Nationals Anchorage, Alaska


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