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Westover wins Academic Decathlon

Westover High School was victorious during the Albany Academic Decathalon. Some of the winners were, from left, Tim Barkley, varsity high score winner; Brian Collier, Westover coach with overall decathlon trophy; Kwasi Wrensford, honor high score winner, and Evan Drew, scholastic high score winner.

Westover High School was victorious during the Albany Academic Decathalon. Some of the winners were, from left, Tim Barkley, varsity high score winner; Brian Collier, Westover coach with overall decathlon trophy; Kwasi Wrensford, honor high score winner, and Evan Drew, scholastic high score winner.

ALBANY — Westover High School took the shooting match in the Georgia Academic Decathlon at the Isabella school complex Friday.

During the day-long academic event, students from Westover, Dougherty High and Albany High competed with one other in a variety of standard categories including science, mathematics, art, economics, language and literature and music.

Cassandra Sampson, secondary language arts supervisor for Dougherty County Schools, said the annual event is designed to develop in high school students a greater respect for knowledge, promote a wholesome competition in academic areas as well as stimulate intellectual growth and achievement.

According to Sampson, while students must be academically well rounded to do well in the decathlon, the event is not limited to high-achieving participants.

“The decathlon is designed to include students from all academic backgrounds,” Sampson said. “Each 9-member team consists of 3 “A,” or varsity students, 3 “B,” or honor students and 3 “C,” or scholastic students. Some students who are accustomed to producing average work will excel in the competition and experience continued academic success after the event.”

According to Sampson and event materials, the competition includes six tests of academic strength, administered as written tests, an essay-type competition, then finally a relay style event called a Super Quiz in the order of three rounds with competing “C” students, followed by three rounds with “B” students concluding with three rounds with “A” students.

Individual high-scoring students are recognized with scores averaged from all areas of competition.

As the winning team, Westover will compete at the state Academic Decathlon Feb. 24 - 25 in Gwinnett County, Sampson said.