Lubbock High School Academic Decathlon team advances to nationals

Lubbock High School Academic Decathlon team advances to nationals
LHS Academic Decathon Team
Sarah Harris (Source: LISD)
Sarah Harris (Source: LISD)

Provided by Lubbock ISD

The Lubbock High School academic decathlon team will be representing Texas at the national competition after a record-breaking performance at the medium school state championship last weekend in Frisco. The team broke a school record on the way to the medium school state title and earned the highest score across all divisions to advance to the national meet. The Westerners previously competed at the national meet in 2002.

As part of Sunday's awards ceremony, Estacado coach Sarah Harris was honored as the Texas Small School Coach of the Year. Harris is one of the longest tenured coaches in state with 22 years of experience. Her teams have qualified for state for 20 of those 22 years. She received a glass plaque and a $1,000 award as part of her recognition. The Estacado team finished fourth in the state in the small school division for the third year in a row.

Students from every Lubbock ISD high school team received individual medals, with four LHS students also receiving state scholarships as a result of finishing in the top five overall places in their divisions. Jake Watts led the way by earning 9,403.4 points, the highest score in Texas this year and the second highest in the history of Texas Academic Decathlon state competition since the 1980s.

Coronado High School

19th in Medium School Division (39,243.6 points)

  • Matthew Albrecht (Varsity) - 1st in Interview
  • Alissa Cisneros (Honors) - 1st in Interview
  • Natalia Gonzalez (Honors) - 1st in Interview
  • Kate McGough (Honors) - 2nd in Literature
  • Cody Wilhelm (Scholastic) - 2nd in Speech

Estacado High School
4th in Small School Division (35,460.9 points)

  • Tru DeLeon (Scholastic) - 1st in Art and Essay; 2nd in Speech; 3rd in Music and Social Science
  • Jaden Salter (Honors) - 2nd in Literature

Lubbock High School
Medium School STATE CHAMPION (52,206.2 points) - $1,200 state scholarship per student

Advances to Nationals as highest-scoring school across all divisions

  • Maria Beusterien (Scholastic) - 4th Overall Scholastic ($1,000 state scholarship); 2nd in Essay, 3rd in Literature and Science
  • Hunter Dortch (Varsity) - 4th Overall Varsity ($1,000 state scholarship); 2nd in Interview, Literature, and Math
  • Joe McCarty (Honors) - 2nd in Math; 3rd in Literature
  • Esteban Romero (Varsity) - 1st Overall Varsity ($3,500 state scholarship); 1st in Art, Economics, Literature, and Music; 2nd in Math, Science, and Social Science
  • Elijah Rosas (Scholastic) - 2nd in Economics and Science
  • Selena Sheng (Honors) - 2nd in Literature and Social Science; 3rd in Speech
  • Phyllis Zhang (Honors) - 1st in Math; 2nd in Literature, 3rd in Economics
  • Jake Watts (Scholastic) - 1st Overall Scholastic AND highest scoring student in the state across all divisions ($3,500 state scholarship); 1st in Art, Economics, Math, Science; 2nd in Music, Social Science, Speech; 3rd in Literature

Monterey High School
9th in Medium School Division (44,311.2 points)

  • Chapman Lindsay (Honors) - 2nd in Literature
  • Ethan Morgan (Honors) - 1st in Interview
  • Sofia Morris (Varsity) - 3rd in Literature
  • Nick Watson (Honors) - 1st in Social Science; 2nd Math and Music; 3rd in Art, Literature, Science

Talkington School for Young Women Leaders
23rd in Medium School Division (37,152.1 points)

  • Catherine Rosales (Honors) - 1st in Interview; 3rd in Social Science