Digital regional competitors showcases youth students’ excellence


Three YUHSD Academic Decathlon teams reach the state competition

YUMA, Arizona (KYMA, KECY) – Following last year’s victories, three Yuma Union High School District academic decathlon teams re-qualified for the state-level event after passing a virtual regional competition at Cibola High School (CHS) had.

CHS finished second in Region III with 31,479 points, while Gila Ridge High School (GRHS) came fourth and Kofa High School (KHS) came fifth, rounding off the top 5. Canyon Del Oro from the Oro Valley took first place with 44,187 points. It’s the ninth year in a row that CHS has achieved status and the 24th time since 1994. They advance to the 2021 final, which takes place on March 12, and are 18th overall in Arizona.

“There have been several Cibola AcDec trainers who have created or maintained the basis of the program over the past 30 years,” said Dan Zarbock, academic decathlon advisor at CHS. “But it also depends on recruiting students who have the drive, enthusiasm and team spirit that are required to be successful. Each year each team has its own specifics, but it still has the same goal of representing Cibola at the city, regional and state levels. “

KHS was named the most improved team in Region III and achieved the largest increase in team points from last year to this year.

“Kofa had a great week and continues to build a successful program that gets better every year,” said Tom Duggan, academic decathlon advisor at KHS.

Here is a list of individual medalists from the region:


  • Honorary level: Zarrin Askari, mathematics (silver)
  • Raneem Abdella, Rede (Silver)* *
  • Uni-Level: Joaquin Felix, Language Literature (Gold); Social sciences
  • (Silver); Art (bronze); Economy (bronze)
  • Monserrat Quintero-Pacheco, Science (Gold)


  • Honor level: David Zaragoza, Interview (Gold)* *;; Math (bronze)
  • Lillian Mergan, Math (Bronze)
  • School level: Kimberly Garcia, Interview (Silver)


  • Honor level: Alberto De La Torre, essay (bronze)
  • School level: Nicole Pienta, essay (bronze)

* Also won the trophy for the highest total score in their respective category across all grade averages.

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