29 Apr, 2019
Morgan County, IN- The MSD of Martinsville is pleased to announce the Martinsville High School Academic Decathlon team received Third Place for Division II at the 38th Annual United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) National Competition held April 25-27th in Minneapolis, MN.
Coach Chris Sturgeon and team members: Devon Heath, Joe Rahman, Aric Peine, Mason Little, Baileigh Hofer, Sabrina Chouinard, Brandon Duke, Gus Eaton and Cameron Clark, first won the USAD Indiana State Championship at Purdue University in February, and therefore qualified for the national finals. The national competition included over 600 students from the United States, China and the United Kingdom.
The MHS Academic Decathlon team has won 20 USAD State Championships, including winning the last six consecutive years. This year for the national competition, Coach Sturgeon and team bring home the 3rd place banner (Division II out of IV) which has only happened twice in 20 years.
“We congratulate our students and Coach Chris Sturgeon for their success,” said Dr. Michele Moore, superintendent, MSD of Martinsville. “We couldn’t be prouder.”
ABOUT THE EVENT
The Academic Decathlon is a 10-event scholastic competition for high school students. There are seven multiple-choice exams including Art, Economics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Social Science, and Science. The Super Quiz™ event tests students on all subjects listed above. Students also write an Essay and are judged in Speech and Interview. Academic Decathlon is very unique in that it is designed to include students from all academic ability and achievement levels. Each nine-member team consists of three “A” (Honor division), three “B” (Scholastic division), and three “C or below” (Varsity division) students. Each team member competes in all 10 events against other students in their individual divisions, and team scores are calculated using the top two individual scores from each division. The curriculum theme for this year was “The 1960s.” – usad.org.
Photo (Left to right): Sabrina Chouinard, Baileigh Hofer, Mason Littell, Gus Eaton, Aric Peine, Brandon Duke, Devon Heath, Joe Rahman, Cameron Clark, Coach Chris Sturgeon