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Gila Ridge, Cibola Academic Decathlon teams qualify for state tournament

Cibola and Gila Ridge high schools qualified for the 2022 Arizona Academic Decathlon state tournament after both finishing in the top 5 of their regional competition earlier this month.

The state competition will be held Mar. 11-12, 2022 in Phoenix. Cibola, whose decathletes won 16 combined medals in their Region III competition, has advanced to state every year since 2012 and 27 times overall with top 20 finishes in each of the last seven years, including 10th place in 2019. Gila Ridge has advanced to state 11 years in a row. They finished 24th last year.

While only Cibola and Gila Ridge advanced, four Yuma Union High School District schools had students earn awards at the 12-team regional event on Feb. 4-5. YUHSD schools combined for more than 30 medals overall.

Here are the YUHSD results from regionals:


Honors Level

Quinn Nemeth, 2 Gold (Economics, Essay); 2 Bronze (Art, Social Science); Trophy for best overall essay

Zarrin Askari, 2 Silver (Speech, Social Science); 2 Bronze (Interview, Mathematics)

Savannah Botello, 1 Gold (Art)

Varsity Level

Joaquin Felix, 4 Gold (Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science); 2 Bronze (Economics, Language/Literature)

Abril Aguirre-Miranda 1 Silver (Music)

Gila Ridge

Honors Level

Taylor Keddy, 1 Silver (Language/Literature)

Scholastic Level

Dael Amzalag, 4 Silver (Economics, Essay, Math, Social Science); 3 Bronze (Math, Science, Scholastic Overall)

Varsity Level

Joe Diaz, 1 Silver (Math)

Kim Garcia, 1 Silver (Essay)

Daniel Lines, 2 Silver (Essay, Science)


Honors Level

Alberto De La Torre, 1 Silver (Language/Literature); 1 Bronze (Economics)

Varsity Level

Samuel Camacho, 1 Silver (Interview)


Scholastic Level

Zulema Zavala, 1 Bronze (Speech)

The Arizona Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. Just like its ancient Greek counterpart, the Academic Decathlon® consists of ten events; success doesn’t come from being the best in a single event, it comes from mastering ten varied skills and disciplines.

Every Academic Decathlon competition, whether it’s a regional, state or national final follows the same format. Students compete in art, economics, essay, interview, language & literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, and speech. And teams compete in Super Quiz, the public quiz-show-style culmination of each competition. Each school enters a team of nine decathletes: three Honor students, three Scholastic students, and three Varsity students.

Eric patten