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BHS's Academic Decathlon team brings home 3rd in region


Pictured: Photo courtesy BISD
Regional bronze medalist BHS Academic Decathlon team included junior Katelyn Randolph, junior Meghan Salley, sponsor Susan McKinney, senior John T. McCoy, sophomore Sarah Hawley, sponsor Dan Zavorka, freshman Emilee Mason, senior Corey Hawley and senior Zane Nordquist.

Bandera High School's Academic Decathlon team bundled up on a frosty Thursday, Jan. 23 and traveled to Corpus Christi to compete in the Regional Academic Decathlon. The BHS team competed in the Small School Division and placed third in the Region with a point total of 31,350.
Corey Hawley placed first in Economics, Social Studies and Science. He placed second in Math and earned a third in Language and Literature. Hawley placed fourth overall in the Varsity Division.
John T. McCoy earned a first place in Science, a third in Economics, and placed fifth overall in the Scholastic Division.
Katelyn Randolph placed third in Math in the Honors Division.
Emilee Mason placed third in Math in the Varsity Division.
"I am pleased to say we won third in the Region in the small schools division," said team sponsor Dan Zavorka. "The kids did a excellent job at the competition and I am very proud of them."
The Academic Decathlon contest is designed to include students from all academic backgrounds. Each nine-member team consists of three A students, three B students and three C students. In addition to a seven-minute interview, a one-hour essay and two speeches (four minutes prepared and two minutes impromptu), written comprehensive exams are given in music, art, language/literature, mathematics, economics, (social) science, and the Super Quiz.
The competition is open to all public and private high schools in Texas. "This competition brings a diverse group of students together to work as a team to represent their school," said team sponsor Susan McKinney. "Our team earned more points than several larger schools at the competition."
BHS decathlon teams qualified for the state level of this nationwide competition in 2010 and 2013, when they place tenth at state.