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Ponderosa wins again

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STUDENTS AND audiance members applaud during the El Dorado County Academic Decathlon at Union Mine High School Saturday February 2. Democrt

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Hard work and hours of preparation paid off for the Ponderosa High School Academic Decathlon team with a win in the annual competition that tested knowledge in 10 academic disciplines.

For Ponderosa this was the 21st consecutive victory scoring 37,412.50 points.

Oak Ridge High School placed second with 35,196.90 points, Union Mine High School was third with 32,576.10 points and El Dorado High School was fourth with 30,031.50.

Ponderosa placed first in the Super Quiz. Oak Ridge and Union Mine tied for second and El Dorado was third.

Highest scoring decathlete was Joey Costello. The top alternate was Samuel Joseph. Top essay was by Jordan Hyatt-Miller. Highest scoring speech was delivered by Brittany Morrison and best interview was by Mounika Bhaskara.

The topic of study for this year was Russia.

The scholastic scrimmage took place at Union Mine High School. The first part of the competition — personal interview, prepared and impromptu speech and essay writing — was on Jan. 30. On Saturday, Feb. 2 the students were tested in: Art — Russian Art and Architecture; Economics — the economy of Communist and Post-Communist Russia; Language and Literature — Boris Pasternak and the National Epic; Mathematics — Overview of Permutations and Combinations, Algebra, and Statistics; Music — Russian Music; Science — Space Exploration; and Social Science — Russian History; and the finale — the Super Quiz, made up of questions from the previous tests.

The starting line-ups for each team were made up of nine scholars: three A students, three B students and three C students known as Honor, Scholastic and Varsity divisons. Some teams also had alternates taking part.

Overall team scores were calculated using the top two individual scores from each grade division. The top three scorers in each grade division in each discipline earned gold, silver and bronze medals. The winning teams earned trophies and the winning team from El Dorado County will travel to the state tournament. The successful team at the state level will move on to the national competition.

Members of the Ponderosa team were: Honors — Joey Costello, Taylor Bartosh and Elizabeth Strutz; Scholastic — Morgan Henry, Jeremiah James and Russell Byrd; Varsity — Jacob Hansen, Kodee Hannah and Ryan Aguilar; and alternates — Tristan Melton, Erik Melton, Kelsea Maloney-Johnson, Samuel Joseph and Dylan Musgrove. The coach was Terri Kessler.

Oak Ridge competitors were: Honors — Kimberley Berg, Uma Dingankar and Shivani Sharma; Scholastic — Timothy Lo, Abraham Lewis and Mounika Bhaskara; Varsity — Landon Nagao, Wyatt Van Horn and Wesley Liu; and alternates — Bevyn Cassidy and Mihir Sharma. The coach was Jeff Hassian.

Representing Union Mine were: Honors — Aaron Below, Sean Fitch and Jordan Hyatt-Miller; Scholastic — Ericka Müehlenhaupt, Johnny D’Agostini and Brittany Morrison; Varsity — Michael Stevenson and Daniel Stevenson; and alternates — Dominic Sanquinetti, Olivia Marquardt and Amanda Fogelman. The coaches were Mike McGovern and Molly Smith.

Competing for El Dorado were: Honors — Jacquelyn Boals, Natalie Holmstedt and Dane Neves; Scholastic — Noah Cooke, Aaron Navarro and Audrey Armstrong; Varsity — Abby Finlayson and Arthur Ruiloba; and alternate — Lena Korkeila, Mackenzie Chopp and Mariah Alvarez. The coach was Tiffany Larson.

To produce the El Dorado County Academic Decathlon 150 volunteers were needed, plus support from businesses and donors.

Umpqua Bank and the Peek Family Fund at the El Dorado Community Foundation were gold sponsors.

Silver sponsors were Timothy Cary and Associates, DST Output, El Dorado Savings Bank and Surveyors, Architects, Geologists and Engineers.

Aborn Powers Inc., Parker Development Company and an anonymous contributor were bronze sponsors.

In-kind contributions came from Placerville Kiwanis and Minuteman Press.

Roy Malone acted as emcee and Rebecca Lizarraga gave a patriotic observance. Vicki Barber, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools offered the welcome and Richard Esposito, publisher of the Mountain Democrat, moderated the Super Quiz.

2013 El Dorado County Academic Decathlon winners

Art

Honors Division
Gold — Dane Neves, El Dorado High School
Silver — Joey Costello, Ponderosa High School
Bronze — Taylor Bartosh, Ponderosa

Scholastic Divison
Gold — Abraham Lewis, Oak Ridge High School
Silver — Timothy Lo, Oak Ridge
Bronze — Brittany Morrison, Union Mine High School

Varsity Division
Gold — Wyatt Van Horn, Oak Ridge
Gold — Jacob Hansen, Ponderosa
Silver — Ryan Aguilar, Ponderosa
Bronze — Cody Hannah, Ponderosa

Economics

Honors Division
Gold — Joey Costello, Ponderosa
Silver — Uma Dingankar, Oak Ridge
Bronze — Shivani Sharma, Oak Ridge

Scholastic Divison
Gold — Abraham Lewis, Oak Ridge
Silver — Russell Byrd, Ponderosa
Bronze — Timothy Lo, Oak Ridge

Varsity Divison
Gold — Jacob Hansen, Ponderosa
Silver — Cody Hannah, Ponderosa
Bronze — Wyatt Van Horn, Oak Ridge

Essay

Honors Divison
Gold — Jordan Hyatt-Miller, Union Mine
Silver — Uma Dingankar, Oak Ridge
Bronze — Elizabeth Strutz, Ponderosa

Scholastic Division
Gold — Timothy Lo, Oak Ridge
Silver — Brittany Morrison, Union Mine
Bronze — Aaron Navarro, El Dorado

Varsity Division
Gold — Daniel Stevenson, Union Mine
Silver — Michael Stevenson, Union Mine
Bronze — Jacob Hansen, Ponderosa

Interview

Honors Division
Gold — Shivani Sharma, Oak Ridge
Silver — Sean Fitch, Union Mine
Bronze — Joey Costello, Ponderosa
Bronze — Dane Neves, El Dorado
Bronze — Elizabeth Strutz, Ponderosa

Scholastic Division
Gold — Mounika Bhaskara, Oak Ridge
Silver — Johnny D’Agostini, Union Mine
Bronze — Brittany Morrison, Union Mine

Varsity Division
Gold — Ryan Aguilar, Ponderosa
Silver — Daniel Stevenson, Union Mine
Bronze — Wesley Liu, Oak Ridge

Language and Literature

Honors Division
Gold — Joey Costello, Ponderosa
Gold — Dane Neves, El Dorado
Silver — Uma Dingankar, Oak Ridge
Bronze — Jacquelyn Boals, El Dorado

Scholastic Dividion
Gold — Noah Cooke, El Dorado
Silver — Abraham Lewis, Oak Ridge
Bronze — Jeremiah James, Ponderosa

Varsity Divsision
Gold — Jacob Hansen, Ponderosa
Silver — Cody Hannah, Ponderosa
Bronze — Abby Finlayson, El Dorado

Math

Honors Divison
Gold — Joey Costello, Ponderosa
Silver — Shivani Sharma, Oak Ridge
Bronze — Sean Fitch, Union Mine

Scholastic Division
Gold — Timothy Lo, Oak Ridge
Silver — Russell Byrd, Ponderosa
Bronze — Johnny D’Agostini, Union Mine

Varsity Divison
Gold — Jacob Hansen, Ponderosa
Silver — Daniel Stevenson, Union Mine
Bronze — Landon Nagao, Oak Ridge
Bronze — Cody Hannah, Ponderosa

Music

Honors Division
Gold — Elizabeth Strutz, Ponderosa
Silver — Shivani Sharma, Oak Ridge
Bronze — Joey Costello, Ponderosa

Scholastic Divison
Gold — Brittany Morrison, Union Mine
Silver — Abraham Lewis, Oak Ridge
Bronze — Aaron Navarro, El Dorado
Bronze — Timothy Lo, Oak Ridge
Bronze — Johnny D’Agostini, Union Mine
Bronze — Jeremiah James, Ponderosa

Varsity Division
Gold — Wesley Liu, Oak Ridge
Silver — Jacob Hansen, Ponderosa
Bronze — Wyatt Van Horn, Oak Ridge

Science

Honors Division
Gold — Joey Costello, Ponderosa
Silver — Dane Neves, El Dorado
Bronze — Kimberley Berg, Oak Ridge
Bronze — Shivani Sharma, Oak Ridge

Scholastic Division
Gold — Timothy Lo, Oak Ridge
Silver — Morgan Henry, Ponderosa
Bronze — Noah Cooke, El Dorado
Bronze — Jeremiah James, Ponderosa

Varsity Division
Gold — Cody Hannah, Ponderosa
Silver — Jacob Hansen, Ponderosa
Bronze — Daniel Stevenson, Union Mine

Social Science

Honors Division
Gold — Joey Costello, Ponderosa
Silver — Uma Dingankar, Oak Ridge
Bronze — Sean Fitch, Union Mine
Bronze — Kimberly Berg, Oak Ridge

Scholastic Division
Gold — Abraham Lewis, Oak Ridge
Silver — Morgan Henry, Ponderosa
Bronze — Timothy Lo, Oak Ridge

Varsity Division
Gold — Wyatt Van Horn, Oak Ridge
Silver — Jacob Hansen, Ponderosa
Bronze — Ryan Aguilar, Ponderosa

Speech

Honors Division
Gold — Joey Costello, Ponderosa
Silver — Sean Fitch, Union Mine
Bronze — Jordan Hyatt-Miller, Union Mine

Scholastic Division
Gold — Brittany Morrison, Union Mine
Silver — Morgan Henry, Ponderosa
Bronze — Mounika Bhaskara, Oak Ridge

Varsity Division
Gold — Jacob Hansen, Ponderosa
Silver — Ryan Aguilar, Ponderosa
Bronze — Arthur Ruiloba, El Dorado

Barber expressed thanks to the volunteers and donors and appreciation to the students and coaches for a fabulous academic effort.

For more information about the Academic Decathlon contact Susan Carney at scarney@edcoe.org or 530-295-2216.

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