CDO's Academic Decathlon team competed in the 29th Arizona State Academic Decathlon finals last weekend at ASU West Campus. Led by strong performances by Jake Rockland, Rebecca Gosla, and Maria Elena Pakulis, CDO finished a strong second, behind Mesa Red Mountain, and well ahead of third-place Mesa Mountain View. Forty schools participated. The highlight of the competition (for us) was an exciting victory in the Super Quiz Relay, which is the public portion of the competition. In the relay, CDO finished well ahead of second-place Boulder Creek High School and third-place Red Mountain.
CDO students won a total of 25 medals. Jake Rockland won a special trophy for having the top interview score of all students competing.
The second place finish qualifies the team to be a wild-card at the national finals in Minneapolis on April 23 - 27. CDO is seeded 8th nationally.
The team members are: Jake Rockland, Annaliese Grant, Rebecca Gosla, Jakub Safar, Alexander Molina, Maria Elena Pakulis, Rose Booth, Powell Brumm, and Jason Trainor.