MONMOUTH – The Monmouth Academy Decathlon Team, coached by Cathy Foyt, Scott Foyt and Elizabeth Sokoloff, competed in the State Academic Decathlon Championship at Deering High School on March 3.

Seventeen schools and 250 students participated. Monmouth finished as the state runner-up team and champion in the small school division (schools with under 650 students).

By finishing as the first-place small school, Monmouth can compete nationally, with computers and online, April 26 and 27, against the other small school winners from each state in the United States.

The top five schools in this year’s State Academic Decathlon Championship were the following: first, Scarborough High School; second, Monmouth Academy (first in small school division); third, Oak Hill High School, Wales; fourth, Sanford High School; and fifth, Hall Dale High School.

In the past 10 years, the Monmouth Academic Decathlon Team has placed as either state champion or state runners-up. Three times the Monmouth team has represented the state in the National Academic Decathlon Championships: 1999, California, fifth; 2002, Arizona, seventh; and 2004, Idaho, fifth.

Academic Decathlon is comprised of A, B and C students who study together as a team for a year, then compete in 10 (decathlon) categories: math, economics, science, literature, music, art, essay, speech, interview and super quiz.

The following students participated for Monmouth and won the following medals: alternate team members, Kerstin Grenier; Danielle West; Brittany Rogers; Elliot Kahl, silver medal – math; Stephen Brush, bronze medals – literature and math; Clayton Merrill, bronze medals – literature, music and art; and Garrison Beck, bronze medal – social science, silver medals art and essay, gold medal – music, second highest alternate team scorer in the state.

Competition team members, Kayla Duquette, second place super quiz and team; Amber Sager, second place superquiz and team; Megan Buckley, second place super quiz and team; Moe Beaulieu, second place super quiz and team, bronze medal – art; Kaytlin Woodman, second place super quiz and team, silver medal – speech; Sami Fairchild, second place super quiz and team, gold medal – speech; Max Grover, second place super quiz and team, silver medals – literature and interview; Louie Masi, second place super quiz and team, bronze medals – social science, economics and art; and team captain, Scott Turcotte, second place super quiz and team, bronze medal – math, gold medals – literature, music, social science, art, essay, economics, interview, speech and gold medal for being the highest individual decathlon scorer in the state.

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