Seven Valdez High School students to compete in Academic Decathlon

140 high school students representing 12 high schools from across the state will converge in Anchorage in hopes of out-smarting their competitors at the 32nd Annual Alaska Academic Decathlon, including seven Valdez students. Students have been diligently training for months to prepare for the rigorous, all-academic competition, which showcases some of the best of Alaska’s bright young minds at all levels of academic abilities.

Students competing from Valdez High School are:

  • Jared Bowden, 11
  • Kira Friend, 9
  • Kassandra Howard, 10
  • Chloe Miller, 9
  • Brooke Parsons, 12
  • Storm Rohrer, 9
  • Kendall Wesenberg, 10

Taking place at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel from Feb. 22 – 25, the Academic Decathlon is an opportunity for high school students to showcase their academic knowledge in an individual and team competition. Each student competes in 10 events, including art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, math, music, science, social science and speech. On Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. students will participate in the Super Quiz, a team competition featuring a relay of students working to answer the most questions correctly in three electrifying rounds. The Super Quiz is the Academic Decathlon’s only public event.


The Alaska Academic Decathlon is a nonprofit corporation developed to enhance knowledge-based skills and recognize the scholastic achievements of high school students of all academic abilities. Each nine-member team consists of students from all learning levels at their respective high school, including honor students (3.75-4.0 GPA), the scholastic division (3.0-3.74 GPA) and the varsity division (0.0-2.99 GPA). This year’s competition also includes high school students representing schools in the following school districts: Annette Island, Bering Strait, Craig City, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Galena City, Juneau, Ketchikan 21st Century Schools, Lower Yukon, and Roman Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks.


All teams must compete in local, regional and statewide competitions in order to advance to the national finals. The winning team from the Alaska Academic Decathlon will compete in the U.S. Academic Decathlon, held in Madison, Wisconsin, April 20 – 22, 2017. For more information on the competition as well as live stream details, visit