De Smet academic decathlon wins state

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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A group of eight De Smet High   School students March 9 won the state academic decathlon. De Smet will represent South Dakota April 16-18 at the United States Academic Decathlon National Finals in Garden Grove, Calif.


Teachers Kathy Sanderson and Emily Koehler coached the students and will accompany them on the trip.


At the state competition students were split into three categories, based on their grade-point averages, and they competed against other students at their level. The team received a score to determine if they won the overall competition. Participating students and the number of medals each of them won include


Honor: Sterling Berg, 8; and William Ostrander, 4.Scholastic: Annie Schipper, 8; Zandi Makgabenyana, 6; and Derek Hoefert, 7. Varsity: Kryszian Hoffman, 10; Ali Munger, 7; and Carrie Weaver, 9.


“Since this was the first year for Academic Decathlon in De Smet, I didn’t really know what it was all about,” Koehler said. “I have really enjoyed learning more about the program, and seeing these kids working hard to learn the material. I’m extremely happy with the results we’ve had so far, and I can’t wait to see what they do at the national competition.”


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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