Mansfield ISD Magazine Spring 2016 - Page 26

S MISD Academic Decathlon Students Win Medals at State tudents from Summit, Legacy, and Lake Ridge high schools competed in the state Academic Decathlon (AcDec) competition and ranked at the top of their categories. AcDec is a ten-event scholastic competition in which students compete in seven multiple-choice exams, an essay, an interview, and a speech. Summit High School placed 10th in the state of Texas amongst 5A schools. The team earned a bronze medal in the super quiz relay and took home seven individual medals. Daniel Erickson, Ariba Naqvi, Brijin Hartrick, and Caleb Venerable earned gold medals in their categories. Samone Card, Zach Beaman, and Olivia Marx received bronze medals in their categories. The Summit AcDec team has also won the regional championship competition for six straight years. Legacy High School’s Deja Morehead won a gold medal at the state competition after obtaining a perfect score in the interview event. Lake Ridge High School’s David Serrano received a silver medal in economics, making it the first state medal for Lake Ridge in the Academic Decathlon. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ACDEC STUDENTS AND COACHES FOR A PHENOMENAL PERFORMANCE. MISD Debate Students Advance to Two State Competitions T wo Legacy High School students have earned a spot to compete in two very competitive debate events on the state level. Ben Speigner and Breton Hawkins qualified for the UIL State Cross-Examination (CX) Debate Championship. The junior and senior have also qualified for the Texas Forensic Association (TFA) State Tournament. Ben Speigner (left) and Breton Hawkins (right) have won several awards for debate throughout the year. The TFA State Tournament is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Speigner and Hawkins’ winning records in TFA events throughout the year qualified them for the state tournament. Qualifiers are eligible for college scholarships. Legacy debate coach Howard Ritz said the Legacy High debate team has earned several trophies from debate events this year. The team is the largest in MISD with more than 65 students enrolled in the course. 24 Mansfield School & Family