The Souderton Area High School Academic Decathlon has made Pennsylvania history. This past week, from April 26-30, students from across the nation competed in the 55th annual United States Academic Decathlon National Finals, held in Frisco Texas. The Academic Decathlon team from the Souderton Area High School placed 9th overall and 4th Place in Division I large schools.
Students competed in ten events – essay, speech, interview, math, music, literature, science, social science, art, and economics, in nine-member teams composed of three honors or “A” students, three scholastic or “B” students, and three varsity or “C” students, compelling teams to work together across
different ability levels to learn the same content.
The subjects this year were centered on a theme – The American Revolution. Students earned 8 medals in Division I, setting a new school record.
Souderton has been competing in the Academic Decathlon since 2013 and has won 5 Eastern PA regional titles, 3 state titles, and represented Pennsylvania at the national finals in 2018, 2021 and 2023. The team is coached by computer science teacher Phil Cerami, mathematics teacher Carolyn Scott, and French
teacher Sally Cushmore.
Members of the Souderton Area High School Academic Decathlon team are Marcus Smith, Ashley Caputo, and Kyle Berdy in the Honors Division, Shane Raab, Nolan Hughes, and El Ross in the Scholastic Division, and Andy Cruz, Josh Ubele, and Gabe Smola in the Varsity Division. Mahreen Parvez and Levi Lewis served as captains and student coaches during the event.