Chowchilla High wins the 2016 decathlon | Local News | Chowchilla News

In a battle of wits, Chowchilla Union High School triumphed for the first time since 1992 as champions of the 34th Madera County Academic Decathlon.

Chowchilla High will advance to the state competition March 18-20 with a score of 33,259.4 to compete against the best teams in the state.

Six schools competed Saturday in this 10-event competition answering questions on the topic of India.

“Today’s competition was one of the best in recent history of this event; all students did a fabulous job,” said Dianna Marsh, assistant superintendent of Educational Services at Madera County Office of Education.

Yosemite High School came in second, with Liberty High School placing third. Chawanakee Academy, Madera High School and Madera South High School also competed.

This year, a student from Mariposa County High School competed with Madera County’s teams.

Decathlon teams are comprised of up to 25 members competing in three levels of competition: honor, scholastic and varsity.

Yosemite High, Chawanakee Academy and Madera South tied for honors in the super quiz. This year all students participated in the super quiz. The format this year allowed students to discuss the questions before making their individual answers.

“It was fun to watch the collaboration between students during the super quiz this year,” said Cecilia Massetti, Madera County superintendent of schools. “What a great opportunity for students to work through the questions together as a team.”

A total of 117 medals were handed out at the awards ceremony. Chawanakee Academy received 20 medals: two bronze, nine silver and nine gold. Chowchilla High received 27 medals: 12 bronze, eight silver and seven gold. Liberty High was awarded 18 medals: nine bronze, five silver and four gold. Madera High received 10 medals: seven bronze and three silver. Madera South received nine medals: four bronze, four silver and one gold. Yosemite High was awarded 29 medals: 12 bronze, eight silver and nine gold. Mariposa County High received four medals: one bronze, two silver and one gold.

Chawanakee Academy freshman Caleb Lynch was the top scoring decathlete in the region this year, scoring 7,045.3 points across the 10 events.

The top scoring senior from each school will receive a $100 scholarship.

Caycie Maynard of Chowchilla Union High received the top scoring senior award for Chowchilla; Bethany Samarin for Liberty High School; William Parker for Madera High School; Gabriela Mendona for Madera South High School; and Clara Briley for Yosemite High School.

The Chowchilla team members who will be attending the state competition, led by coach Libby Cross, are: Skylar Van Buren, Simrandeep Shergill and Kylie Farmer, honors division; Caycie Maynard, Juliann Angel and Nick Burbridge, scholastic division; and Amber Appling, Christopher Rodriguez and Manvir Johal, varsity division.

“We wish the Chowchilla team luck at the state competition and are proud to have them represent Madera County,” said Massetti.

The Madera County Academic Decathlon is funded by donations from local businesses and community members and the Madera County Schools Foundation.

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