It was an amazing weekend for our Scholar Warriors, full of high hopes and heartbreak… Unfortunately we did not make the cut for state competition (we missed it by only 704 points, which translates roughly into getting just 2 more questions right per student) this year but we did make some tremendous progress. This is a very young team (1 senior, 2 juniors, and 6 sophomores) so I am expecting great things for them next year. Please congratulate the following team members for their admirable performance this weekend:
- Michael Dedrick – Scholastic scored 6069
- Samantha VanCamp – Scholastic scored 5168
- Abigail Cota – Varsity scored 5136
- Melissa Shaw – Varsity scored 4607
- Derek Gunnels – Honors scored 4587
- Gabriel Garcia – Scholastic scored 4528
- Rafael Garcia – Honors scored 4307
- Jerrilynn Kincade – Honors scored 4238
- Patricia Rojo – Varsity scored 3952
- Jasmine Magdaleno – Alternate
As you can see Michael Dedrick did an amazing job this weekend! He scored a bronze medal in the Social Science event and placed 8th overall in the Scholastic category. In addition he was in the top ten for all ten events in his category. He placed 5th in Economics, 6th in Art, 7th in Super Quiz (the topic this year was Evolutionary Biology), and 8th in Essay.
Abigail Cota, our only senior this year, also did very well. She placed 7th in her category in Language and Literature, Social Science, and Mathematics. In addition she placed 12th overall in the Varsity category. She also raised her score from last year by over a thousand points.
Some other notable mentions include Melissa Shaw and Patricia Rojo. Melissa placed 9th in her category in both Economics and Mathematics. Patricia placed 8th in her category in Mathematics.
As a team we placed 13th this year in our region. Last year we placed 20th out of 27 schools. Our team score in 2008 was 26,504. This year we scored 29,871, an increase of 3,367 points. In terms of our overall state ranking, last year we were 73rd out of 94 schools in Arizona. This year we ranked 48th out of 90 schools.
This is an amazing group of students who have put in countless hours studying and working with some very difficult material. If you see them roaming the campus, babbling on about Darwin or Fridha Kahlo or opportunity costs or the Spanish conquest, take a moment to congratulate them. They really deserve it!
Thank you for all of your support this year,