Hendricken takes first, West grabs fifth at Academic Decathlon


Another year, another Academic Decathlon victory for Bishop Hendricken.

The Hawks captured the crown at the 34th annual Academic Decathlon, held at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus this Sunday, with an overall score of 41,619 points. Hendricken was more than 10,000 points clear of silver medallist East Greenwich and nearly 12,000 points ahead of bronze-winning Classical.

Hendricken finished with the top three scorers in each of the Decathlon’s three divisions: Honors (1), Scholastic (2) and Varsity (3). Yongyuan Huang’s 7,834.71 points, good for the overall gold, in the Honors division helped him edge out teammate Dylan Temel by just more than 200 points.

Ryan Brady took home silver with a score of 7,251.71 points in the Varsity category. Bronze went to Alden Platt, who racked up 6,759.61 points in the Scholastic division. The top six overall individual scorers all hailed from Bishop Hendricken.

Johnston’s highest individual scorer with Benjamin Budway, who put up 6,289.03 points in Honors, to earn the mantle of the top public school finisher. Cranston West’s John Lemme was his city’s top performer, netting 5,426.34 points in Varsity.

Lemme finished as the best from West with assistance from his six medals. Lemme won silver in the Varsity division for mathematics, science and interview, while taking third for language and literature, music and social science.

Jacob Meyerson and Isabella Corso also had formidable performances in the Honors division. Meyerson was the gold medallist in mathematics. Corso was third in the interview category to grab the bronze.

Huang medalled in eight events for Hendricken. His gold medals came in the economics, music and science categories. He racked up numerous silver medals in various events, including art, mathematics, language and literature, social science and interview.

Brady, Temel and Pratt tied their teammate for the most overall medals, bringing home six gold, one silver and one bronze. Brady was tops in Varsity in science, social science, language and literature, music, art and economics. He added a silver in speech and a bronze in mathematics.

Pratt’s top finishes came in economics, speech and interview. He registered second-place finishes in mathematics, music and science, while he earned bronze in art and language and literature.

Temel also earned at least two in every spot on the podium. He received the gold in the honors category for the art and speech events, while grabbing silver in economics, essay and music. His bronze medals language and literature, science and interview.

Temel delivered his four-minute speech to an audience of more than 600 students, and their family members during the awards ceremony immediately following the super quiz that was also won by Hendricken. Classical placed second in the event that featured questions about World War II with East Greenwich, Cranston West and Toll Gate tied for third.

Jaidan Idarraga helped Hendricken with five Varsity medals of his own. He produced three silver performances language and literature, economics and essay. He also brought home two bronzes for speech and art.

Four other Hawks earned medals as well. Cory Morris earned bronze in art and music for Honors, while Connor Milson secured gold in the Scholastic music event. Mitchell Boyer and Darragh Harkin each donned two golds around their necks. Boyer’s came in the Scholastic division for art and social science, while Harkin excelled in the Varsity section for speech and mathematics.

Alexander Sinanpi was the star of the day for Toll Gate, claiming gold in the interview and essay events within the Varsity division. He also nabbed a silver medal in art. Alexander Gavitt was Toll Gate’s only Honors medal of the day, seizing the bronze in social science.

Benjamin Budway helped Johnston push for a place on the podium, producing a medal in three Honors competitions. He was tied for first in science for his only gold, while taking silver in mathematics and bronze in economics.

Abigail Agnew was Johnston’s overall medal leader with four, including one gold, one silver and two bronze in the Scholastic division. She was No. 1 in language and literature and took second in art. Her two bronze came in music and social science.

The Panthers’ only other medals came from the essay event. Leah Spirito claimed silver in Scholastic, while Staley Putnam got bronze in Varsity.

Hendricken will look to improve upon its podium finish at last year’s Nationals when it travels to Madison, Wisconsin, for the championship from April 20-22.


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