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Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Wins 2017 PAGE GAD State Championship

Monday, February 27, 2017  
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Lynn Varner
PAGE Communications Department


February 26, 2017



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Catoosa County’s Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School won the 2017 PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon (GAD) State Championship. It is the seventh time that the high school has captured the event’s top honor. The team scored the highest points overall in Division I and II and was presented the Howard Stroud Championship Trophy. 


This year’s two-day academic competition was held on Feb. 24 and 25 at Berkmar High School in Gwinnett County.  Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe is a Division II, or small-school (based on school population size) participant, and will be submitted as the Georgia representative to the annual U.S. Academic Decathlon (USAD) National Competition, which will be held April 20-22, 2017, in Madison, WI.


Division I (large school) winners include:  Division I Champion Gwinnett County’s Parkview High School, coached by Melodie Carr, Dave Steele and Krista Flowers; First Runner-up Muscogee County’s Hardaway High School, coached by Carmen Kimsey Morris; and Second Runner-up Carroll County’s Villa Rica High School, coached by Cynthia Cox, Sarah Triplett and Russell Bennett.  Division II (or small school) winners include:  Division II Champion Catoosa County’s Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, coached by Lisa Beck and Ian Beck; First Runner-up Richmond County’s A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School, coached by Dr. Amanda Litfin and Philip Grabowskii; and Second Runner-up Muscogee County’s Jordan Vocational High School, coached by Amanda Tuite.  The U.S. Academic Decathlon also sponsors an Online National Competition for Small, Medium and Large Schools, based on student school population size, which will be held in conjunction with the national finals competition in April.  Parkview High School will represent Georgia in the Large School Online Competition; Hardaway High School will represent Georgia in the Medium School Online Competition; and A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School will represent Georgia in the Small School Online Competition.


The state competition is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), the Chick-fil-A Foundation and Oglethorpe Power. Kennesaw State University serves as a partner with the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon by hosting and providing expert speakers for the GAD Fall Workshop and providing and coordinating the more than 200 volunteers needed during the state championship competition.  The Gwinnett County Public Schools system serves as host.  Charles E. Richardson, editorial page editor for The Telegraph newspaper in Macon and a PAGE Foundation trustee, served as Master of Ceremonies for the GAD Awards Banquet, during which the highest-scoring students were awarded both team and individual medals in various competition categories.


Approximately 170 high school students from 19 high schools representing 12 school districts competed in the academic event.  During the competition, students were tested in seven content areas:  economics, art, literature, mathematics, science, social science and music.  In addition, students earned points individually in three communication events:  public speaking, personal interview and written essay.  The program is unique because each nine-member team is made up of three "A", or Honor students; three "B", or Scholastic students; and three "C", or Varsity students.  Each year the program features a different overall curriculum topic.  “World War II” was this year’s topic.

On Saturday afternoon, students participated in the exciting Super Quiz, during which team members competed in a quiz bowl format, keying in answers to questions.  Charles Richardson also served as Master of Ceremonies for this event.  During the GAD Awards Banquet, Catoosa County’s Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe was announced as this year’s Super Quiz Champion.  Floyd County’s Coosa High School, coached by Randy Vice and Bill Daughtry, won First Runner-up honors, with Richmond County’s Westside High School, coached by David Bradberry, named as Second Runner-up. 


Henry County’s Hampton High School, coached by Seema Dhody, captured “Rookie of the Year” honors.  The award is given to the highest-scoring team among those making their first appearance at state competition.


The Professional Association of Georgia Educators honors outstanding students and educators and encourages academic excellence through competitive academic initiatives such as PAGE STAR, the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades and the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon.




Caption:  The 2017 PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon State Champion Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School team members and their coaches are joined by award presenters at the PAGE GAD Awards Banquet.  Pictured here are: (seated, l-r) John Muina, Jewel Okoronkwo, Krystina Arp, Chelsea Price and Liza Christopher; (standing, l-r) Coach Ian Beck, Coach Lisa Beck, John Christopher, Nicholas Goodale, Joseph Tench, Corey Handley, Red Follett, Jae Lee, Diane McClearen,  director, Community & External Relations, Oglethorpe Power Corporation; and Dr. Allene Magill, executive director, Professional Association of Georgia Educators. McClearen, on behalf of Oglethorpe Power, presented a donation to the championship team to help defray travel expenses to the USAD National Competition to be held in in April in Madison, WI.         


The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) is a statewide professional association of more than 92,000 educators, administrators and support personnel. PAGE provides professional learning to enhance competence and confidence, build leadership and increase student achievement while providing the best in membership, legal services and legislative support.


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