• May 16, 2022
 3 Socorro ISD teams sweep regional contest; Students excel at Academic Decathlon

3 Socorro ISD teams sweep regional contest; Students excel at Academic Decathlon

Forty-six SISD high school students placed in the regional Academic Decathlon, a ten-event scholastic competition where students compete in the rigorous contest consisting of several tests on numerous topics, including math, literature, art, science, social science, speech and essays.

The students weathered a difficult virtual season and came out on the other side victorious. SISD teams won all three divisions (small, medium and large) and earned the most points to put them at the top.

Mission Early College High School was the small division winner, El Dorado High School was the medium division winner and Montwood High School was the large division winner.

“This is the first time ever that Team SISD sweeps the entire region,” said Stephanie Carrasco, Coordinator of Advanced Academics. “This is phenomenal, usually we have one or two divisions to take it, but this year, we won all three divisions!”

The students typically travel to compete at the state competition but this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, they were able to compete virtually and still receive state recognition.

Academic Decathlon has a different theme every year. This year’s focus was on the Cold War and the history behind it.

“It was very uplifting seeing the students get ready for Academic Decathlon this year,” said Drew Dungan, teacher and student activities director at Mission Early College High School. “All of their hard work definitely paid off and I am so proud of them.”

From the ten subjects in the competition each student is given seven multiple choice tests, a speech section which is done live, a timed written essay and an interview section which ultimately totals the teams’ final score.

Rachel Salcido, a senior at Montwood High School earned bronze in mathematics, silver in science, and gold in the interview section. She has participated in Academic Decathlon since her freshman year and said the competition has always taught her things she doesn’t necessarily learn in the classroom.

“Despite all the challenges we’ve faced from this past year I am so glad that we were still able to compete,” Salcido said. “This competition definitely helps us prepare for what lies ahead of us which is college and then career readiness.”

2020-2021 Academic Decathlon SISD winners:

Americas High School
Micaela Aguilar
Iris Chihuahua-Gutierrez
Jessica De La Rosa
Gianina Alibah
Stacie Moreno
Damion Rios
Teacher: Virginia Gardea

Eastlake High School
Olivia Avila
Diego Chavez
Anelise Merrill
Kimberly Canales
Emmanuel Lopez
Diego Rubio
Teacher: Ivan Gatewood


Montwood High School
Michael Esparza
Destiny Espinosa
Moises Hinojosa
Armozel Martinez
Ilia Ortiz
Joachim Rafinan
Rachel Salcido
Teacher: Daniela Gonzalez

Pebble Hills High School
Maria Atalig
Selena Gonzalez
Adenaji Jones-Tornes
Samantha Manglona
Itzel Orta
Ilaan Rodriguez
Anthony St. Germaine
Vivian Ybarra
Teacher: Maria Paiz

Socorro High School
Natalie Borrego
Nicolette Brillant
Joel Holguin
Donna Pliego
Teacher: Samantha Manley

El Dorado High School
Alexis Atayde
Clarence Butler
Vanessa Canales
Benjamin Estrada
Natalie Nguyen
Adan Porras
Genesis Ramirez
Daisy Ramirez
Jennifer Rubio
Teacher: Paula Woods

Mission Early College High School
Adriel Bustillos
Alexus Charay
Sebastian Levario
Jonathan Mendoza
Michael Ornelas
Anel Zaragoza
Teacher: Drew Dungan

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