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Denison 3rd at 2023 State Academic Decathlon Tournament
Denison competed in its 39th straight State Academic Decathlon Tournament on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 held at Urbandale High School. They placed 3rd in the small school division in the tournament. South Central Calhoun placed first in the small school division. Cedar Rapids Jefferson was the top scoring large school. Both schools will represent Iowa in the national tournament held in Frisco, Texas. Union placed 2nd for the small schools.
Danny Saldana 4,875.7
Anahi Velasco 4,594.9
Poe Htoo 4,186.4
Quincy Mahrt 4,871.1
Tyson Stoppel 4,314.9
Leo Martin 3,084.3
Aiden Medrano 3,603,3
Alan Rivera 2,730.0
Quincy Mahrt was the top overall scorer in the Scholastic Division. He medaled in 4 of the 10 subjects. 3rd in Art and Math, 2nd in Social Science, and 1st in Speech.
Anahi Velasco received her first medal in her 3rd and final year of Academic Decathlon with a 2nd place finish in Social Science. She was also the highest overall scorer on our team.
Danny Saldana, also in the Honors Division earned 4 medals: 3rd in Science, Social Science, and Essay, and 2nd in Language and Literature.
Poe Htoo placed 3rd in Social Science and 1st in Interview in the Scholastic Division.
Tyson Stoppel picked up 4 medals: 3rd in Economics and Literature, 2nd in Math, and 1st in Science.
Leo Martin picked up two medals in the Varsity Division: 3rd in Literature and 2nd in Math.
Aiden Medrano medalled in 4 events: 3rd in Economics, 2nd in Math and Literature, and 1st in Science.
The team also scored 3rd in Super Quiz competition.
Competition at the state level is considerable and some years we feel fortunate to win any medals. This year, seven of our eight competitors medaled. After regionals our team was in fourth place in the small school division and our goal was to improve enough to bring home a trophy. The 3rd place finish was gratifying and we were not that far away from winning the small school competition. We have a very young team this year with freshman Poe Htoo, Tyson Stoppel, Leo Martin and Aiden Medrano. Our lone senior was Anahi Velasco. With a little more work next year, a state championship is within our grasp.
Aaron Ratliff Economics, Math, Science, Speech, Interview, Essay
Mark Aurand Social Science, Art, Music, Essay
Dana Schroeder Literature