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Fallbrook Union High School’s academic decathlon team which took first place in the all-volunteer category of the San Diego County Academic Decathlon Competition held Feb. 2 includes, from left, front row, Ashley Chaney, Jack Alperstein, Kathleen Young, Anna Marie Lopez, Katherine Smissen, Brian Person; back row, Tracy Markham, Jillian Drake, Dave Evans, Debbie Berg, and Emmett Sherman. Not shown: Rebecca Allen
Fallbrook Union High School’s academic decathlon team which took first place in the all-volunteer category of the San Diego County Academic Decathlon ...

FUHS academic decathlon team takes first place


Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Issue 10, Volume 17.


FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union High School academic decathlon team took first place in the all-volunteer category of the San Diego County Academic Decathlon Competition held at Olympian High School Saturday, Feb. 2. The team also tied a school record with 13 total medals.

The all-senior team was led by Rebecca Allen and Kathy Young. Allen had the most total points in the 10-category competition, finishing with 5809.3. Young had the most medals, four in all, including Gold Essay (Honors), Silver Essay (all levels), Silver Math (Honors), and Silver Math (all levels). Teams are split into three levels with three decathletes competing at each level: Honors (3.5 GPA or higher), Scholastic (3.00 – 3.49 GPA), and Varsity (2.0 – 2.99 GPA).

In addition to Young, the big winners were Allen, Silver Language (Honors) and Bronze Art (Honors); Jack Alperstein, Gold Essay (Honors) and Silver Essay (all levels); Ashley Chaney, Gold Math (Scholastic) and Bronze Language (Scholastic); Advertisement
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and Jillian Drake, Silver Essay (Varsity), Silver Math (Varsity), and Bronze Essay (all levels).

Anna Marie Lopez, Brian Person, Emmett Sherman, and Katherine Smissen also competed, adding valuable points to the overall team score that were integral to the team’s first place finish.

Teachers Debbie Berg, Dave Evans, and Tracy Markham are the team coaches. Teacher Emily Hammer assisted in the art category. This year’s theme was History of Russia, including Czarist Russia, Communist Soviet Union, and post-Communist Russia.

"It is amazing that any of the all-volunteer schools win any medals at all," said Markham. "It is a great challenge to go up against three high schools that have the advantage of having academic decathlon in their curriculum," added Berg. "This is why we are so very proud of our volunteer student competitors. They knew going in that the odds were stacked against them. They rolled up their sleeves anyway and defied those odds," said Evans


 

6 comments

Comment Profile ImageRedneck Bill
Comment #1 | Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm
Way to go Academic Decathlon Team!

And Mr. Evans. I hope you feel vindicated for all the grief the school gave you a few years ago. Your actions have taught the kids a great deal.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #2 | Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 11:22 am
Bravo FUHS! That's the spirit! Congratulations and keep up the great and important work!
Comment Profile ImageCitizen and Vet
Comment #3 | Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm
Congratulations Decathlon team, just more of the great young adults, showing their skills her in Fallbrook... God Bless, continue working hard, and striving to be the best you can be...
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #4 | Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 11:46 am
So wonderful to hear positive things about both our high school and our youth. Congratulations to all.
Comment Profile ImageAnita Williams
Comment #5 | Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 11:54 am
"The team also tied a school record with 13 total medals" What other "team" accomplished this feat? Please let us know.
Comment Profile Image@ Comment 5
Comment #6 | Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm
The team from the 2010-2011 school year set the 13 medal record.

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