Coosa High School’s academic decathlon team has been selected to advance to the state Academic Decathlon competition as a wild card entry.  The Coosa Eagle team finished second in the Floyd County Schools Academic Decathlon to Pepperell High School and will join the Dragon team in the state competition to be held Friday and Saturday, February 24-25 at Berkmar High School in Lilburn.
The Coosa team’s second place score in the local competition was high enough to qualify as one of nine schools to earn a wild card entry into the academic competition that pits the top academic teams in the state in a two-day battle of wits.   The Eagle team’s score of 14,810 qualified the team in a year of high scores across the state. Wild Card entries are selected based on team point totals from local school system competitions across the state
“Scores were higher this year for wild card submissions than ever before,” wrote Cary Sell, state director of the competition, in a message sent to the schools selected. “I am so glad to see teams becoming more competitive!”  The state event is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).
Keiley Rowland, a senior at Coosa High, was the highest scoring individual participant this year in the local Academic Decathlon with 3223 total points. The theme for questions in this year’s competition was World War II. The theme is set each year by the U.S. Academic Decathlon.

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.