May 28, 2020
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Academic Decathlon winners announced

PORTLAND, Maine — Four high schools Saturday earned the right to compete in the National Academic Decathlon next month.

More than 200 students from 16 high schools around the state participated in the 25th annual Maine Academic Decathlon at Deering High School in Portland.

Scarborough High School won the top prize for the second year in a row. Their team will compete in the national event April 21-24 in Omaha, Neb.

Three schools, Monmouth Academy, Bangor High School and Oak Hill High School in Sabattus, will compete in a national online competition, after finishing second, third and fourth, respectively, in the state meet. Calais High School placed fifth.

The Academic Decathlon is the premiere national scholastic competition for high school students, according to David Heckman, state director. The theme for this year’s competition was the French Revolution.

To compete in the decathlon, students study subjects including math, art, music, science, economics and literature. They also must write an essay, give a prepared speech, an impromptu speech and sit through an interview.

The top nine individual scorers were: Susan Rundell, Rebecca Mitchell, Seth Albert, Mike Hall, Jacob Wakem, all from Scarborough High School; Elliott Kahl and Tyler Vandrell from Monmouth Academy; Jeremy Tripp from Hall-Dale High School; and Rebecca Ye from Bangor High School.

Rundell earned the Ron Moody Award for the overall highest individual score.

For more information on the Academic Decathlon, visit

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