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SHS Academic Decathlon Team Competes in A D Regionals at Bellevue East High

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The SHS Academic Decathlon Team competed in their annual Academic Decathlon Regional contest at Bellevue East High School on Saturday, January 20 for an all day, academic competition.  Nine SHS Senior class students competed in three divisions in testing in the categories of Math, Language and Literature, Economics, Science, Art, Music and a Super Quiz Bowl finale.  The students competed with other students from similar size schools in competition against students with their same grade point averages, in an effort to qualify for State in February in Omaha.

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SHS Senior, Evan Nottingham won the top honors for the SHS Academic Decathlon team-receiving the top test scores and being presented with a commemorative gold medal. 

Individual and team results have not been made available, due to computer malfunctions, with final tabulations and results pending for both individual and team awards. 

Members of the SHS Academic Decathlon Team for 2018 included Evan Nottingham, Avery Stillhan, Elias Stillahn, Chris Galusha, Mason Mahalek, Bailey Fernau, Alyssa Biggs, Tyson Reisdorff.

This is the 20th year that SHS has competed in the Academic Decathlon team contest.  It is funded through the School District of Seward High Ability Learner Program (HAL) and the Seward Optimist Club.  The Seward Optimist Club also donated matching tee shirts for each of the team members.

Schools that competed in the Middle School size division of Academic Decathlon included Seward, Omaha’s Daniel Gross, Omaha’s Skutt, York, Lexington and Alliance.

Clark Kolterman served as the SHS Academic Decathlon coordinator/coach for 2018 and Pam Franck and Kyle Hinkel served as the team sponsors that day, as Kolterman attended a Speech Tourney at Concordia University.