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Davis students medal at academic decathlon

By March 21, 2011

Davis High School’s academic decathlon team competed in the California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento last week, with three students taking home individual medals.

Lin Yang took silver in the interview category; Sherman McFarland took bronze in economics and William Liu took bronze in mathematics. Yang also was honored as the highest-scoring student on her team.

The state competition featured 566 students from 65 schools across the state. They competed in 10 events over the course of a weekend: art, economics, music, mathematics, literature, social science, essay, speech, interview and the super quiz, which this year focused on geology. The topic of this year’s decathlon was the Great Depression.

Davis made it to the state competition in Sacramento by virtue of winning the county-level decathlon earlier this year. They are coached by Davis High science teacher Dave Van Muyden and in addition to Yang, McFarland and Liu, the team also included Nicholas Dao, James Medel, Nick Jenness and Kovy Rinzler.

The winner of this year’s state competition — Granada Hills Charter High School of Los Angeles — will represent California in the national academic decathlon next month. California has won the nation event every year since 2003.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

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