Three schools from New Jersey participated in the United States Academic Decathlon national competitions held on April 27-30, 2011.  West Windsor Plainsboro High School South, this year’s New Jersey State Champion school, participated in the competition held in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Rutherford High School and Waldwick High School competed in online competitions for medium and small schools respectively.


Based on the model of the athletic decathlon, the Academic Decathlon requires participants to compete in ten academic events – Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Speech, and Super Quiz™.  The 2011 Curricular Theme was “The Great Depression” and the Super Quiz™ topic was “An Introduction to Geology.”  Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded for individual events and total scores in each of the three levels of competition (Honors, Scholastic and Varsity).


West Windsor Plainsboro High School South placed 10th overall and 6th in Division 1 at the competition in Charlotte.  Gautham Sajith received a perfect score of 1000 in the Interview competition at the Scholastic level.  In the Mathematics competition Jeffrey Kuan and Ming Ming Tran won bronze medals at the Honors level, and Kevin Luo won a bronze medal at the Scholastic level.


Rutherford High School placed 9th in the Medium Schools online competition.  Patrick Ross won the gold medal in the Essay competition at the Honors level.


Waldwick High School placed 10th in the Small Schools online competition.  In the Economics competition David Brunkhorst won a silver medal at the Varsity level, and Kayley Angele won a bronze medal at the Scholastic level.


The Academic Decathlon of New Jersey has been providing academic competitions to New Jersey high school students for over 25 years.  If you would like additional information, please contact Glenn Koegel at the telephone number or email address above.