Academic Decathlon hosts and wins regional scrimmage

Natalie Delgado, Arts & Entertainment Writer

The BSHS Academic Decathlon team placed first at the regional scrimmage they hosted on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The competition includes 10 events based on this year’s theme of “In Sickness and in Health” and is also connected with Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Some themes from previous years include the 1960’s, Africa, India, and World War II. 

Coach Allen Holder was motivated by the remodeling of the school to host a meet and plans on hosting next year as well. 

“Bonner Springs is a great place to learn,” senior Ethan Davila said. “I think the familiarity made us feel comfortable and in the end, we came up with a big win.”

Most of the competitors were competing for the first time but still won many medals. The team was led by new competitors, junior Kylie Hotalling and senior Jack Stanley, with six medals each and senior Abby Vaughn and junior Leo Jiminez-Cristian, who won four medals each.

This scrimmage helped prepare for the state meet and was the highest finish for a team since coach Holder started coaching in 2015.

“I hope this will encourage them to work even harder as they prepare for the state tournament,” Holder said.