The Pepperell High Academic Decathlon team defended their Floyd County Schools Academic Decathlon title by taking their second consecutive championship in the system’s premier academic competition.  The decathlon was held on Monday, January 11 at the Board of Education central office. Pepperell outpace the traditionally strong Coosa High team to take the win.  Pepperell High finished the day with 14,020 total points, Coosa High finished a close second with a total of 13,386, Armuchee High came in third and Model High’s team placed fourth.

Daniel Lovell of Pepperell High was the highest scoring individual participant this year with 2983 total points. This was also Lovell’s second year in a row winning the individual title.  The theme for questions in this year’s competition was India. The theme is set each year by the U.S. Academic Decathlon.

The Pepperell High team will automatically advance and represent Floyd County Schools in the state competition in February. Coosa High will be submitted for state competition to compete as a Wild Card entry.  Wild Card entries are selected based on team point totals from local school system competitions across the state and will be determined after local competitions are completed.

The Pepperell team members included: Collin Todd, John Spranza, Sachi Askew, Daniel Lovell, Max Rampley, Donovan Rochester, Noah Rogers, Jake Ross, and Chris Ewing. Colby Morris and Rian Tyree competed as alternates for PHS.The Pepperell team was led by coaches Scott Wilson and Vicki Mayes.

The Academic Decathlon features three divisions of competition: Honors, Scholastic and Varsity. The academic contest includes questions in: literature, math, economics, social science, science, music, and art.

Team Winners
First Place:  Pepperell High School
Second Place: Coosa High School
Third Place: Armuchee High School
Fourth Place: Model High School

Individual division placements were:

Top Individual Scorer
Daniel Lovell, Pepperell High School
First Place Overall (individual)
Honors – Daniel Lovell, Pepperell High
Scholastic – Dequan Johnson, Coosa High

Varsity – Chris Ewing, Pepperell High


Overall individual category high scorers in the competition were:



Honors: (Tie) Noah Rogers, Pepperell High; Julissa Vasquez, Coosa High

Scholastic:  Natalie Daniel, Armuchee High

Varsity: Donovan Rochester, Pepperell High; Angel Alverenga, Coosa High



Honors:  (Tie) Anna Fitzpatrick, Armuchee High; Kayla Hutcherson, Armuchee High; Kayla Ngo, Coosa High; Kelly Wheeler, Model High; Daniel Lovell, Pepperell High; and Colby Morris, Pepperell High
Scholastic: Zelma Cable, Armuchee High

Varsity: Chris Ewing, Pepperell High



HonorsDaniel Lovell, Pepperell High   

Scholastic: Dequan Johnson, Coosa High

Varsity: Chris Ewing, Pepperell High


Social Science

Honors: Daniel Lovell, Pepperell High   
Scholastic: Dequan Johnson, Coosa High

Varsity: Max Rampley, Pepperell High



Honors: Keiley Rowland, Coosa High

Scholastic: (Tie) Dequan Johnson, Coosa High; Kris Bobo, Coosa High; Emily Fickett, Coosa High

Varsity: Max Rampley, Pepperell High; Angel Alverenga, Coosa High



Honors: Cheyenne Riedel, Armuchee High   

Scholastic: Aleya Haney, Armuchee High

Varsity: (Tie) Max Rampley, Pepperell High; Chris Ewing, Pepperell High



Honors: : Daniel Lovell, Pepperell High    Scholastic: Kris Bobo, Coosa High

Varsity: Joshua Lizama, Coosa High