The HPHS academic decathlon team traveled to Anchorage, Alaska last weekend to compete in the U.S. Academic Decathlon National Finals April 28-29.
Highland Park’s score of 52,346 points earned them the 2nd-place prize of best in the nation, behind Granada Hills Charter School in California. HP students captured 44 individual medals, three individual division medals, awards for communications and economics, and $3,200 in scholarships.
This was the team’s first time making it to nationals. The team previously won the Texas state championship in February – the first state championship win in HP history.
The AcDec team was led by coach Greg Bergeron and assistant coach David Alvarado. “We are very proud of the students for their academic successes this year,” Bergeron said. “I am also incredibly proud of how they represented themselves and the Highland Park community during this trip.”
During the competition, students were quizzed on science, math, economics, literature, social science, art, music, and speech. Every HP team member earned a top-three finish in at least one category, with several earning first place in multiple categories.