Individual honors in state Academic Decathlon
Students earn individual honors in state Academic Decathlon competition
Posted on 02/27/2013
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Academic Decathlon teams from Coosa High, Armuchee High and Pepperell High joined nineteen other teams at Berkmar High School in Gwinnett County last week to vie for the title of Georgia Academic Decathlon State Champion. The championship competition was held February 22 and 23 and was sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), The PAGE Foundation, Apple, the Georgia Department of Education and Oglethorpe Power.

The Armuchee High Academic Decathlon team for placed 4th in their division in this year's state competition. Nine team members from the three local teams also earned individual honors at the event.Individual students honored were:

Augusta Hosmer - Bronze Medals in Literature and Music, Honors  
Conrad Sharpe - Bronze Medals in Social Science and Interview, Scholastic
Bennett Garland - perfect score and Gold Medal in Interview, Honors  

Layton Hayes - Bronze Medal in Science,Honors   
Nathan Johnson - Silver Medal in Science, Scholastic 

Bill Crowe - Bronze Medal Social Science,Varsity 

The PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon is a competition in which teams of high-school students (grades 9-12) compete in 10 academic events. Team and individual honors are awarded in the competition. The Academic Decathlon program is unique because each nine-member team is comprised of a variety of academic talent levels in the classroom. Students with the highest academic honors compete in the Honor category, next follows the Scholastic division and then Varsity. Three students from each team participate in the different levels. Students are tested in seven content areas: economics, art. language and literature, mathematics, science, social science and music. In addition, students are awarded points in three communication events: public speaking, personal interview, and written essay. This year's overall curriculum theme is: "Russia." 

The competition also features an event called "Super Quiz." This is a game show formatted event where students who are quickest to hit the buzzer and provide the correct answer receive points for the team. This year the competition's format changed for Super Quiz. The event showcased information from the entire curriculum, rather than focusing on a specific topic.

Augusta Hosmer 
Augusta Hosmer, AHS
Conrad Sharpe 
Conrad Sharpe, AHS
Bennett Garland 
Bennett Garland, AHS
Layton Hayes
Layton Hayes, CHS
Nathan Johnson
Nathan Johnson, CHS
Bill Crowe
Bill Crowe, PHS