The Forum: PHS Academic Decathlon Team heads to states on Saturday at MIT


PITTSFIELD >> Sports teams aren't the only ones to showdown this time of year. On Saturday, the Pittsfield High School Academic Decathlon Team will flex is brain muscles at the MassDecathlon state finals at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

The PHS team represents the county and the top 15 teams in the state selected to compete at this level.

The team, co-coached by Michael Sheehan and Brendan Sheran, qualified to advance during the Feb. 6 regionals held at Quincy High School. The team placed third overall in the small school division, and is the only team from the Berkshires to participate this year.

Said Sheehan, "Our team did awesome and left PHS Saturday at 5 a.m. for a 2 1/2-hour bus ride, then competed in 10 subject areas: English language arts, math, science, music, art, social studies, economics, Super Quiz, interview, and speech!"

An additional essay was completed prior to traveling to the regional competition.

The PHS 2015/2016 Academic Decathlon Regional Small School Competition results are as follows:

The team earned a total of 14 medals, placed third among the 10 teams competing in this division and seventh out of the 20 teams in Massachusetts.

Individual overall medals: Emma Lezberg earned third place bronze overall in the Honors Division, and first place gold in subjectives, Honors Division.

In category divisions, she also earned silver in language and literature, silver in essay, silver in speech, and gold in interview. Molly McGuigan, earned second place silver overall in subjectives, Scholastic Division.

She also took home bronze in the scholastic division interview category.

Other individual category medals: In the Honors Division, Jacob Lezberg earned silver in math, bronze in music and gold in essay; John Tagliaferro took home bronze in math, economics and science.

In the scholastic division, Gulianna Pierce earned bronze in music.

In the Varsity Division, Rachel Munch took home bronze in science and silver in speech.


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