Medina Journal-Register — LYNDONVILLE – Nine members of the Lyndonville Academic Decathlon team defended their state title on March 15 and 16. The team, led by Paula Reimann, was successful and earned a second consecutive small school state championship.
Lyndonville earned 17 medals at the 2013 state competition held at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.
Jamie Tombari won a medal in five different categories, the most by a LCSD student. Tombari’s medals came in the essay, history, math, music and Super Quiz categories.
Cole Heideman brought four medals back to Lyndonville, earning recognition in art, economics, literature and music.
Jessica Czechowicz was a three-category medalist, winning her medals in art, history and music.
Dakota Froman and Zac Karp each won two medals: Froman in economics and music, Karp in interview and literature.
Sandra Clemens, Jeremy Foss, Jordyn Smith and Amanda Sullivan each brought an individual back to the district in math, SuperQuiz, literature and essay, respectively.
Thanks to their efforts and state win, the team will now compete electronically at the national level on April 4 and 26. Last year, LCSD’s team finished 16th in the nation
“We have established ourselves as a model program for small school participation at the national and state levels,” said Reimann. “Our students gain study skills, confidence, and learning strategies through this program.”
The Lyndonville team has participated for more than 20 years in the United States Academic Decathlon program. Each United States Academic Decathlon team consists of students in grades 9-12. Participants compete in three groups based on grade point averages: Varsity, Scholastic and Honor.
“I am very proud of this year’s participants, their dedication, and their teamwork,” said Reimann. “I wish to thank the parents, teachers and the community for their support and encouragement of Academic Decathlon.”