Nine Star Lane Students traveled to Alaska to claim victories at Academic Decathlon Nationals

(Anchorage, AK)- During the last weekend in April, the Casper Academic Decathlon Team earned their way to their very first National Competition in Alaska, by winning the 2016 Wyoming State Championship in March. "The team represented Wyoming with tremendous pride," said Wyoming Academic Decathlon board member Laurie Davis. Thirty-two schools from the US, thirteen schools from China, two schools from the United Kingdom, and one school from British Colombia competed in Anchorage. During the two-day competition, nine Wyoming students competed in 10 events related to this year’s theme of India: Essay, Music, Art, Mathematics, Interview, Literature, Economics, Science, Social Science and Speech (prepared and impromptu). Determined prior to the State Competition, these students competed at Nationals in one of three GPA-based divisions: Honors 3.75 or better, Scholastic 3.0-3.74, or Varsity below 3.0. The Wyoming students competed in all 10 Events against nearly 300 participants. Winners from Casper included: - Jordan Ruckle earned the “Highest Scoring Individual” for Wyoming and received a $250.00 scholarship. - Abigail Schaible was nominated by her peers as the MVP for Wyoming. - Jordan Ruckle placed 5th in Honors Mathematics, 4th in Honors Speech, and 4th in Honors Essay. - Kleo Vlastos placed 15th in both Honors Mathematics and Honors Science. - Francesca Allen placed 13th in Honors Essay. - Andrew Skovgard placed 9th in Scholastic Social Sciences. - London Hultman placed 10th in Scholastic Interview. - Keaton Collins placed 15th in Scholastic Mathematics. - Hunter Hout placed 10th in Varsity Mathematics and 5th in Varsity Interview. - Ryan Solomon earned two Bronze Medals: Varsity Mathematics and Varsity Speech. - Abigail Schaible placed 7th in Varsity Speech. The Star Lane Center, Casper Team was recognized by USAD as the Division III “Rookie Team of the Year”! ​h/t Wyoming DECA/ Back Row from left: Ryan Solomon, Jordan Ruckle, Kleo Vlastos, Keaton Collins,Andrew Skovgard. #oilcity #news