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Urbandale Academic Decathlon Team: Exemplary Results During State Competition

The Urbandale High School Academic Decathlon team advanced to the State Competition held in Adel on March 1-2, 2019.  Students competed in 10 events related to the theme, “The 1960’s: A Transformational Decade.”  The team, comprised of Alec Albrecht, Michelle Beeman, Lexie Carter, Devin Ensley, Cole Janssen, Emma Johansen, Shay Kent, Ben Moeckly, Chloe McFarlane, and Teona Rainey (with Yordanos Gebremeskel at Regionals), studied very challenging materials to test their academic strength.

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Emma Johansen, Shay Kent, Yordanos Gebremeskel, Devin Ensley, Chloe McFarlane, Alec Albrecht, Cole Janssen, Ben Moeckly, Teona Rainey, and Michelle Beeman.

The Iowa Academic Decathlon, a division of United States Academic Decathlon®, is an academic competition comprised of 10 events within the following areas: mathematics, economics, art, music, language and literature, social science, science, speech, interview, and essay. Teams consist of up to nine students and each team has three divisions of three students: Honors, Scholastic and Varsity. It truly is a “contest of academic strength” as all team members must participate in all 10 events.


Ben Moeckly, Teona Rainey, Cole Janssen

Ben Moeckly, Teona Rainey, and Cole Janssen.

“I joined Academic Decathlon this year and our State competition was a great new experience. It was fun congratulating my teammates on Saturday night. I really enjoyed getting to know my teammates during our competitions and I can’t wait till next year,” said UHS student Chloe McFarlane.

In the individual awards, Ben Moeckly won Gold for his interview, Cole Janssen won Silver for his essay, and Teona Rainey won Bronze for her interview.  Extra congratulations to Ben for winning the $500 IAD Board Essay scholarship.

“It’s fun learning how much I don’t know,” said UHS student Ben Moeckly.

Many thanks to UHS Extended Learning Program Teacher,  Carrie Baird-Forristall, for sharing this great news. Well-done to all UHS students participating in the Iowa Academic Decathlon! We are #proudofU!