Originally created 03/03/05

Cross Creek does well in decathlon



Cross Creek High School participated in the Georgia Academic Decathlon on Friday and Saturday, beating 15 other teams in the state competition.

The team, coached by teacher David Bradberry, finished in 12th place among 27 teams.

Cross Creek students Jill Nakatani and Stephen Muai took gold medals in the interview category, with Jill winning in the honors category and Stephen in the scholastic category.

The team consists of Cross Creek seniors Crystal Hilton, Andrew Jensen, Altricia Jordan, Stephen Muai, Jill Nakatani, Minhee Shin, Virginia Skelton, Kara Stokes and Rachel Harmon.

The state championship went to the host school, Berkmar High School, of Lilburn, giving the school its third straight title. The team will represent Georgia in the U.S. Academic Decathlon, to be held April 13-16 in Chicago.

Cross Creek participated in Division II, where the team finished eighth out of 14 schools. Division II includes schools with fewer than 1,250 students.

The Razorbacks won a trip to the state contest after winning the county competition against seven high schools. A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School finished second in the county competition.

The academic decathlon includes students from all academic backgrounds. Each nine-member team consists of three A students, three B students and three C students.

Competition events included seven tests of academic strength, three demonstrations of communication ability and the super quiz oral relay, which is a team event held before a live audience. Seven tests are given in the areas of economics, mathematics, language and literature, science, music, art and the super quiz topic. The three communication events include speech, interview and a written essay.

Cross Creek placed fourth in the state last year.

Reach Greg Rickabaugh at (706) 828-3851 or greg.rickabaugh@augustachronicle.com.