Out of teams from 26 states across the nation, the Seneca Valley Academic Decathlon Team placed fourth in the large school division of the U.S. Academic Decathlon National Competition.
The contest was conducted virtually on April 30.
Each high school competed with a team of nine students in eight events: art, music, literature, social science, economics, mathematics, science and essay.
All subjects are related to the 2020-21 theme: The Cold War.
The following students from the Seneca Valley School District won national competition awards:
Allison Flatt — gold division literature honor, gold division art honor, silver division social science honor, bronze division music honor
Shanker Pillai — gold division essay varsity, bronze division mathematics varsity
Nicholas Nedzesky — gold division essay honor.
“The Academic Decathlon program at Seneca Valley continues to accomplish new goals every year,” said David Reichard, high school teacher and Academic Decathlon adviser.
“The SV Regional and SV State Academic Decathlon Team not only accomplished their individual goals, but set and exceeded team goals,” Reichard said.
The Seneca Valley Academic Decathlon National Team includes Allison Flatt, Nicholas Nedzesky, Kason Kunkelmann, Mia Chevallier, Rayan Ghaffar, Nancy Chen, Shanker Pillai, Ashley Eury and Grace Johnson.