Academic Decathlon

The Academic Decathlon is a Language Arts elective course that receives one credit and counts as an AP course for grade points earned.
A sponsor signature is required.

Sponsors/Coaches:

Renae Simons
Elizabeth Woodley

Honors Team:
Scholastic Team:
Varsity Team:
4A State AD Champions 2014, 2013, 2007-2000, 1999-1993, 1988
1988 Super Quiz 4A – Medium School State Champion
2016 6A – 1st 6A in Region
Honors Team: Dana Royall, Joseph Rasmussen, Claire Zehentner, Rainer Horn, Joachim Bendixen, Matt Tarver, Zach Lewis, Sarah Beth Diller, Rachel Mims.
Coaches – Renae Simons, Arden Zimmerman, Elizabeth Woodley
Administration – Mark Griffon-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

2015 6A – 3rd in State
Honors Team: Julia Lu, Dana Royall, Joseph Rasmussen. Scholastic Team: Jonathan Snowden, Brooks Pettit, Raymond Monahan.Varsity Team: Kaylee Kocurek, Ramiro Garcia, Bryce Ghiselin.
Coaches – Ashley Birmingham, Arden Curtis, Renae Simons
Administration – Mark Griffon-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

2014 4A – State Champions & 5th in Nation
Honors team members include Derek Janak, Julia Lu and Roma Pradhan. Scholastic team members include Chase Ehrig, Ramiro Garcia and Daniel Miniot. Varsity team members include Alex Briones, Raymond Monahan and Shannon Ney.
Coaches – Ashley Birmingham, Arden Curtis, Renae Simons
Administration – Mark Griffon-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

2013 4A – Medium School State Champions
Team – Derek Janak, Julia Lu, Bryan Holcomb, Zachary Cocetti, Chase Ehrig, Raymond Monahan, Kim Hall , Andrew Hopf, David Snowden
Coaches – Ashley Birmingham, Arden Curtis, Renae Simons
Administration – Mark Griffon-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

2007 4A – Medium School State Champions
Team – John Bohannon, Alesha Rimmelin, Ryan Buckley, Julie Rogers, Eric Firouzbakht, Zach Velky, Ayman Haq, Joseph Welsh, Andrea Lloyd
Coaches – Daron Scott, Michael Wells
Administration – Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

2006 4A – Medium School State Champions
Team – Kieran Fitzgerald, Andy Feith, Chris Compton, Richard Arduengo, Chris Burchsted, Joseph Welsh, Sarah Stapp, Ayman Haq, John Bohannon
Coaches – Daron Scott, Michael Wells
Administration – Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

2005 4A – Medium School State Champions
Team – Kieran Fitzgerald, Charlie Lundquist, Ling Wang,Richard Arduengo, Eddy Stevens, Trey German, Micah Fessler, Sarah Stapp, Scott Manusov, Manager: Chris Compton
Coaches – Kady Schmidt, Katherine Christy
Administration – Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

2004 4A – Medium School State Champions

Team – Andy Steinhauser, Alex Hoeg, Ryan Rahman, Trey German, Chris Smith, Robert Lockwood, Will Ramsey, Micah Fessler, David Sanders
Coaches – Mary Rinehart, Renae Simons
Administration – Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

2003 4A – Medium School State Champions ~ 2nd Place – Individual Super Quiz
Team – Nureen Haq, Payal Patel, Andy Steinhauser, Cynthia Bowen, Troy Hedman, Vanessa Peters, Zach Van Meter, Kyle Crawford, Ben Babb
Coaches – Mary Rinehart, Renae Simons
Administration – Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Trish Hanks -Superintendent

2002 4A – Medium School State Champions – 10th Year in a Row
Team – Basudeb Chatterjee, Nureen Haq, Cynthia Bowen, Patrick Riveron, Julia Jones, Lauren Kastner, Ky Jurgensen, Eric Hibbs, and Adam Veres
Coaches – Mary Rinehart, Renae Simons
Administration – Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Walter Wilson-Superintendent

2001 4A – Medium School State Champions and USAD ~ 4th Place in Nation / Large-School Division ~ Blake Binford ~ Scholarship Division ~ 2nd Highest Score in Nation ~ USAD
Team – Blake Binford, Rachel Brizendine, Tiffany Chu, Nureen Haq, Ky Jurgensen, Amanda Lampton, Daniel Majchrowicz, Kent Morris, Zach Van Meter
Coaches – Mary Rinehart, Renae Simons
Administration – Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Walter Wilson-Superintendent

2000 4A – Medium School State Champions
Team – Thomas Cunningham, Jennifer Dickey, Justin Figueroa, Samir Haq, Ben Holgate, Daniel Majchrowicz, Michael Melgares, Kent Morris, Greg Treleven
Coaches – Mary Rinehart, Renae Simons
Administration – Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Walter Wilson-Superintendent

1999 4A – Medium School State Champions
Team – Joan Allen, Sajid Anjum, Russell Bowie, Thomas Cunningham, Brian Herbert, Andrew Lau, Michael Megares, Sara Staggs, Suniska, Wimalawansa
Coaches – Mary Rinehart, Renae Simons
Administration – Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Walter Wilson-Superintendent

1998 4A – Medium School State Champion
Team – Ryan Babb, Tommy Broughan, Gordon Davenport, Josh Hale, John Leavesley, Reagan Murray, Robert Schindler, James Shead, Brooke Skeen Coaches – Ruth Ann Krajefska, Pepper Smith Administration – Myrlene Kennedy-Principal, Walter Wilson-Superintendent

1997 4A – Medium School State Champion
Team – Tommy Broughan, Gordon Davenport, Josh Hale, David Hayes, Reagan Murray, James Shead, Brooke Skeen, Eric Steinhauser, Jayme Temple
Coaches – Ruth Ann Krajefska, Pepper Smith Administration – Gary Wrinkle-Principal, Gary Clay -Superintendent

1996 4A – Medium School State Champion
Team – Katie Arnett, Peter Brown, Jennie Feith, James Marshall, Dom Orlando, Coby Rhoden, Jay Ring, Eric Steinhauser, Jayme Temple
Coaches – Ruth Ann Krajefska, Pepper Smith
Administration – Gary Wrinkle-Principal, Gary Clay -Superintendent

1995 4A – Medium School State Champion
Team – Brice Beale, Kyle Herbert, Sam Jacobs, Gordy Martin, Dom Orlando, Virgina Pedicord, Jay Ring, David Ulbrich, John Willis
Coaches – Ruth Ann Krajefska, Pepper Smith
Administration – Gary Wrinkle-Principal, Gary Clay -Superintendent

1994 4A – Medium School State Champion
Team – Kevin Beck, Candy Bennett, Paul Bielamowicz, Kyle Herbert, Kristin Huff, Sam Jacobs, Gordy Martin, Jimmy Maughan, David Ulbrich
Coaches – Ruth Ann Krajefska, Pepper Smith
Administration – Curtis Wilson-Principal, Gary Clay -Superintendent

1993 4A – Medium School State Champion
Team – Nilo Azad, Joel Erwin, Billy Ford, Jenny Freytag, Kevin Howard, Kristin Huff, Robert Sormani, Nathan Raley, Jerry Van Dyke
Coaches – Ruth Ann Krajefska, Pepper Smith
Administration – Curtis Wilson-Principal, Gary Clay -Superintendent

The United States Academic Decathlon is a team competition wherein students match their intellects with students from other schools. Students are tested in ten categories:
Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, and Speech.

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for individual events and total scores. Winning teams advance through the local, regional, and state levels of competition. The state champions compete at the national finals.

Based on the model of the athletic decathlon, the Academic Decathlon requires participants to prepare for ten academic events. Like the athletic contest, the Academic Decathlon does not permit participants to specialize but rather the Academic Decathlon encourages academic versatility by requiring students to prepare for all ten events. The Academic Decathlon stresses educational opportunity and academic excellence.
The Academic Decathlon was first created by Dr. Robert Peterson, former Superintendent of Schools in Orange County, California. Firmly believing that everyone’s learning potential can be maximized through competitive challenge, Dr. Peterson set in motion the contest that has since come to be recognized as the most prestigious high school academic team competition in the United States. The program spread rapidly throughout the states due to the success and excitement it engendered. USAD was founded in 1981.
The Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 “A” or Honor students, 3 “B” or Scholastic students, and 3 “C” or Varsity students.

Academic Octathlon

Octathlon Coaches: Kelly Browning and Dianne Hanegan
FHS Academic Octathlon Members: TBA

Freshman and sophomore high school students interested in the decathlon program can compete in the Academic Octathlon. Like the Pentathlon. involving middle school (sixth, seventh and eighth grade) students, the Octathlon is patterned after the Decathlon program, except with fewer events. Octathletes compete in eight categories including Art, Economics, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, and Essay. As with the other programs, the final event is a “Super Quiz”.

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for individual events and total scores. Winning teams advance through the local, regional, and state levels of competition.

The Academic Octhalon is not unlike athletic competition in that it demands dedication and commitment and promotes wholesome competition. The Academic Octathlon, an eight-event scholastic competition for high school teams throughout the state, promotes a new type of campus hero.

With teams composed of a combination of A, B and C students in grades 9-10, this non-elitist program is designed to send a message to all students that perseverance, study and teamwork can bring personal rewards. While stimulating the same sense of school spirit and pride that athletic teams accomplish, the Academic Octathlon team also provides strong, positive role models for other students on campus.