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Albany High wins Academic Decathlon

Westover High had won the past four competitions

Albany High School’s Stephanie Frampton, left, watches intently as her coach Tonya Nelson flashes Frampton’s answer to a quiz question during the Dougherty County School System’s Academic Decathlon held Monday at the Isabella Complex. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

Albany High School’s Stephanie Frampton, left, watches intently as her coach Tonya Nelson flashes Frampton’s answer to a quiz question during the Dougherty County School System’s Academic Decathlon held Monday at the Isabella Complex. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

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Westover High School’s Othelliois Cato looks over answer possibilities while his coach, Thomas Amos watches during the Dougherty County School System’s Academic Decathlon held Monday at the Isabella Complex. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

ALBANY — Albany High School unseated four-time consecutive champion Westover High School in the district Professional Association of Georgia Educators’ (PAGE) Academic Decathlon held Monday at the Isabella Complex.

By winning the Super Quiz Competition and overall high score champion, Albany advances to the state competition scheduled to be held Feb. 21-22 at Berkmar High School in Lilburn.

Albany High won awards in all categories of competition: literature, essay, science, social studies, art, music and math. Tonya Nelson is Albany High’s academic advisor.

While falling short in the team competition, Westover did nail down the top three spots in the individual class winners class winners.

Othelliois Cato was the varsity winner, Ed Belocura was the scholastic winner and Dillon Notz was the honors winner. Thomas Amos is Westover’s academic advisor.

PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon, which began in 1987, focuses on the importance of developing well-rounded individuals and provides an antidote to intellectual apathy and underachievement.

“This is really an enjoyable competition for everyone,” competition organizer Cassandra Sampson of the Dougherty County School System’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, said. “The competitors are aligned based on GPA and it gives them all an opportunity to learn more and learn more deeply.”