JHS Academic Decathlon wins regional championship

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JOHNSTON, Ia. (Jan. 29, 2023) — Seventeen Johnston students who participated in Academic Decathlon emerged with 42 individual ribbons, six of the overall medals and the regional championship.

Academic Decathlon is a contest requiring each student to give a speech, be interviewed and take tests in math, science, history, economics, music history, literature and art history. This year’s theme was the American Revolution.Testing above

The Johnston team is coached by JHS teacher Sue Cline who co-hosted the regional tournament, held Jan. 26 and 27 at Johnston High School and Central Campus in downtown Des Moines. The state competition will be March 3 and 4 in Urbandale.  State competition team members are marked with an asterisk (*) below. 

Johnston Team 1

This team won the regional championship with a total score of 26,474.1 points.


*Peyton Brown (11):  Gold in math and music. Silver in science. Bronze in literature. Silver overall within all Honors students.

Nic team 1*Jackson Liu (12):  Gold in math. Bronze in social science. Bronze overall among all honors students.

Rose Freeman (10):  Silver in art.


*Joe Cramer (11):  Gold in literature, economics, math and speech. Gold overall among all scholastic students.

*Emma Jackovin (12):  Gold in interview. Bronze in math and speech.


*Laura Thangi (11):  Gold in speech and interview.

*Ferren Dickey (12):  Gold in economics. Silver in social science and math. Bronze overall among all varsity students.                                                                            

Johnston Team 2


Jack Wang (11):  Bronze in math

*Zach Hodson (12):  Silver in literature. Bronze in economics


*Hailey DeBruin (10) : Silver in math

Johnston Team 3

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Dima Al-Qasi (11):  Silver in interview

*Ben Cramer (11):  Bronze in interview

Ani Soni (12)


*Kaylee Jones (10):  Silver in economics

Maynor Martinez (12):  Gold in Math


Reagan Zierke (11):  Gold in literature and art. Silver in science. Bronze in music, social science and math. Gold overall among honors alternates.

Ava Thornton (11):  Gold in science, social science and math. Silver in literature, music and art.  Bronze in economics. Silver overall among honors alternates.