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Academic Decathlon State 2019

Four Lubbock ISD schools participated in the Texas Academic Decathlon State Meet in Frisco the first weekend of spring break, with three schools finishing in the top five of their divisions. 

Lubbock High finished second in the Medium School division with a score of 50,134.8, just 105.9 points behind state champion Highland Park. In addition to last year’s Lubbock High team, this is only the second time in Lubbock ISD history that a school that a school has topped 50,000 points at the state meet. Monterey broke a school record scoring a team total of 47,502.4 points, earning fifth in the state in the Medium division. Talkington finished in the top 25 in the state for the third straight year with a score of 32,388.9 points.

In the Medium School Varsity division, Lubbock High’s Georgia Borland was the Medium School state champion with a score of 7,879.6, just edging out Monterey’s Bradley McCoy, who finished second in the state with a Monterey Varsity division school record score of 7,645.3.

In the Honors division, Lubbock High’s Luca D’Amico Wong scored what proved to be the second highest score in the history of Texas Academic Decathlon at 9,636.4. Unfortunately, he was joined by another record breaker in Hannah Lee from Frisco Wakeland, who sneaked past him with a score of 9,707.9. Ethan Morgan of Monterey finished third in the state with a Honors division school record score of 9,383.3. David Song and Selena Sheng of Lubbock High finished fifth and sixth respectively in the Honors division. 

In the Scholastic division, Lubbock High’s Maria Beusterien and Matthew Moffitt finished sixth and 10th respectively.

In the Small School division, Estacado freshman Fernando Fernandez finished fifth in the state, just 41.6 points from fourth place. 

INDIVIDUAL MEDALISTS

Estacado (Fourth in Small School division – 32,388.9 points)

** Estacado finished third in the Team Super Quiz event

  • Fernando Fernandez (Honors division fifth place overall – $750 scholarship from Texas Academic Decathlon) – first place in Art, Music, and Literature; third place
  • Johnny Julios (Scholastic division) – Third in Math and Speech
  • John Lopez (Scholastic division) – Third in math
  • Solomon Barraza (Varsity division) – Third in Music and Speech

 Lubbock High (Second in Medium School division, $800 scholarship per team member – 50,134.8 points)

** Lubbock High finished first in the Team Super Quiz event

  • Luca D’Amico Wong (Honors division second place overall - $2,500 scholarship from Texas Academic Decathlon) – First in Art, Economics, Math, Science, and Social Science; third in Music and Literature
  • David Song (Honors division fifth place overall – $750 scholarship from Texas Academic Decathlon) – First in Interview; second in Math and Social Science
  • Selena Sheng (Honors Division) – Second in Art; Third in Math and Social Science
  • Maria Beusterien (Scholastic division) – First in Interview and Literature; third in Art, Economics, and Essay
  • Georgia Borland (Varsity division STATE CHAMPION – First place overall – $3,500 scholarship from Texas Academic Decathlon) – First in Economics and Essay; second in Art, Literature, Music, and Social Science; third in Economics
  • Kaitlyn Cornelsen (Varsity division) – First in Literature

Monterey (Fifth in Medium School division – 47,502.4 points – SCHOOL RECORD)

  • Ethan Morgan (Honors division third place overall – $1,500 scholarship from Texas Academic Decathlon) – First in Music; second in Art, Literature, and Speech; third in Math
  • Alison Rahman (Honors division) – First in Music; third in Social Science
  • Paige Langford (Honors division) – Third in Literature
  • Greg Beebe (Scholastic division) – Third in Science
  • Sydney Fletcher (Scholastic division) – Third in Art
  • Bradley McCoy (Varsity division second place overall – $2,500 scholarship from Texas Academic Decathlon) - First in Art; second in Science; third in Literature
  • Schuyler Cash (Varsity division) – First in Literature; third in Speech
  • Jacoby Springfield (Varsity division) – Second in Speech

AcaDeca 2019