Hamilton High School teams took home top honors at recent academic competitions including the We the People state championship, first place at the Williams Field Academic Decathlon Invitational Tournament and the Polly Rosenberg Writing Contest.
Hamilton’s We the People team won the school’s second state championship in the tournament at Mesa Community College and will compete against 49 other teams at the 30th anniversary We the People National Finals at the National Conference Center in Washington, D.C. from April 21-24.
“Our team members worked tirelessly to prepare for the state competition and it really paid off,” said Sponsor and Coach Jacob Harvey.
Team members include Sam Hadley, Esha Bhatti, Anitha Ramadoss, Heewon Park, Mack Pearson, Lily Arnpriester, Vi Ho, Cynthia Lee, Veronica Driz, Rachel Caldwell, Raywa Sathe, Anjalee Sadhwani, Jahnavi Pejavar Ryan Silva, Aryasp Nejat, Douglas Yu, Brennan Lines, Alex Fan, Andy Kwon, Thomas Duke, Rajat Arora and Saahil Poonawala.
The Academic Decathlon team competed against 10 East Valley schools and, in addition to the first-place trophy, captured 45 individual honors, nearly half of the available awards.
The team will next face Regional Competition the first weekend in February.
Academic Decathlon team members are Lena Han, Jane Wang, Feona Dong, Isaac Moeckly, Tatum Zsorey, Emily Jefferson, Alex Liu, Jennalynn Fung, Sarah Kim, Jaxson Adams, Oliver Lynch, Madisyn Goodballet and Zuzia Stechly.
Individual award winners were: Honors category: Lena Han – 1st Overall Honors, 3rd Essay, 2nd Interview, 1st Art, 1st Economics, 1st Music, 2nd Math, 3rd Science, 3rd Social Science; Jane Wang – 2nd Overall Honors, 2nd Language & Literature, 3rd Speech, 2nd Art, 3rd Economics, 1st Music, 2nd (tie) Math, 1st Science, 1st Social Science; Feona Dong – 1st place interview; Scholastic category: Tatum Zsorey – 1st Overall Scholastic, 1st Language & Literature, 3rd Art, 3rd Economics, 1st Social Science; Jennalynn Fung – 2nd Essay; Isaac Moeckly – 3rd Art; Varsity category: Zuzia Stechly – 1st Overall Varsity, 1st Language & Literature, 3rd Essay, 3rd Interview, 1st Art, 2nd Science; Oliver Lynch – 2nd Overall Varsity, 2nd Language & Literature, 1st Interview, 3rd Speech, 2nd Art, 3rd Economics, 1st Music; Jax Adams – 4th Overall Varsity, 1st Speech, 1st Science; Madisyn Goodballet – 3rd Language & Literature, 3rd Art, 3rd Music; Sarah Kim – 2nd Math.
Hamilton students winning awards in the Polly Rosenberg Writing Contest were: 9th & 10th Grade Category: 1st Place: Katherine Chou; 11th & 12th Grade Category: 1st Place: Shruthi Srinivasan, 3rd Place: Momen Abdelkarim.
For more information about Hamilton High School, visit http://www.mychandlerschools.org/hhs.