Press Release, Lyndonville Central School
LYNDONVILLE – The nine-member team from Lyndonville High School won the New York State Academic Decathlon Championship held at SUNY College at Brockport on February 24-25 to claim its first overall title in that competition.
Lyndonville has been a contender for the title for over two decades, winning the Small School State Championship several times and placing regularly in the top four, but this was its first overall state win, defeating second place West Genesee High School from Syracuse.
The state title is determined by the highest scoring school, regardless of size, and Lyndonville was the smallest school in the competition.
The Lyndonville squad, coached by Paula Reimann and Kris Mostyn, earned the right to compete in the United States Academic Decathlon National Finals in Madison Wisconsin in late April.
The Academic Decathlon is widely considered to be one of the premier academic competitions for high school students in the country, and the level of study is well beyond most high school curriculum. Each team is comprised of three students with A averages, (Honors division), three students with B averages (Scholastic division), and three students with C averages (Varsity division) who compete against participants from within their respective divisions.
The United States Academic Decathlon establishes a yearly theme for the competition, which is made up of 10 academic events: math, science, economics, literature, music, art, social science, speech, interview and essay writing. This year’s theme was World War II, and the topics of all of the written academic tests related to that era.
Awards are set on an Olympic model, where gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each category for each grade point division. Each student competes for individual medals and their total scores count for the team total. Teams began preparing for this event at the beginning of the school year and qualified for the state tournament by placing highly in their regional competitions. The five schools competing in this year’s finals were Lyndonville, Mesa Charter School (Brooklyn), West Genesee, Westhill, and Tully (Syracuse area).
Lyndonville’s team consists of Devon Allen, Natalie Allen, Sierra Blanar, Thomas Bummer, Paige Gardner, Brooke Kiefer, Rebecca Schoolcraft, Jessica Smith, and Trevor Thaine. The team collected a total of 30 medals out of the total possible 90 medals available to win in the tournament.
Medal winners for Lyndonville were: Trevor Thaine (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze), Brooke Kiefer (2 gold, 3 silver), Rebecca Schoolcraft (3 gold, 1 bronze), Jessica Smith (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), Thomas Bummer(1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze), Sierra Blanar (1 silver, 2 bronze), Natalie Allen (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze), and Devon Allen (1 bronze).
In addition to winning the state title and the most medals, Lyndonville’s Coach Paula Reimann was recognized with a plaque for her more than 25 years of dedication to the Academic Decathlon Program. Lyndonville team member Thomas Bummer won the Trevor Cook Memorial Spirit Trophy, dedicated to the memory of the former Lyndonville team member who died in service to our country.
Although some financial support for the cost of their trip to the National Tournament in April is provided by the New York State Academic Decathlon, the majority of those costs are left to the school district and team to raise. If any organization or individual would like to contribute, please contact Lyndonville Central School at 585-765-2251. Click here for more information on a GoFundMe for the team.
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