MONMOUTH — Monmouth Academy placed second in the all-day Maine Academic Decathlon that was held last Saturday at Deering High School in Portland. Monmouth was Maine’s Small School Champion, while Scarborough High School placed first overall and was Large School Champion.
Hall-Dale High School finished eighth of 11 schools in the competition.
The Academic Decathlon tests students’ knowledge of a topic in 10 different areas. This year’s topic was the impact of World War I. Teams include students with A averages, B averages and C averages.
The Monmouth team and its coaches, Cathy and Scott Foyt, now are waiting to hear from national Academic Decathlon officials on whether they’ll be invited to compete in the national competition. This year’s national Decathlon will be held April 24-26 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Monmouth team and its coaches will have to decide if they can raise the cost of sending the team to Hawaii. David Heckman, a former Monmouth Decathlon coach who is now state executive director for the program, said the cost of sending a team from Maine to Hawaii could run between $10,000 and $15,000.
If Monmouth Academy decides to stay at home, students on the team still could compete online in the national exam.
The 11 high schools that sent teams to the Maine Academic Decathlon finished in this order: Scarborough, Monmouth, Bangor, Calais, Oak Hill, Portland, Cheverus, Hall-Dale, Woodland, Mountain Valley, Thornton Academy.
In the Super Quiz, Scarborough was first-place winner, followed by Monmouth and Cheverus.
Sarah Record of Monmouth was the top state scorer among all of the C students while Monmouth’s Marinna Smith scored third highest among all of the B students.
Monmouth also placed second to Scarborough last year. Monmouth has won the Academic Decathlon four times.