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Nationals

2017 National Competition:  

Madison, Wisconsin

April 20 – 22, 2017

The 2017 State Championship team will represent Iowa at the USAD National Competition in Madison.

Awards and scholarships are given! 

National online competitions are not available to the team advancing to the USAD National competition.



2016 National Results

2016 National Competition in Anchorage, Alaska

Representing Iowa in Anchorage, Alaska, at the United States Academic Decathlon National competition was Cedar Rapids Jefferson, coached by Kevin Darrow. Competing in Division II and boasting an impressive score of 45,144.7 points, they came back to the state with a 3rd place finish! They were 2,000 points behind from earning 1st place from Wisconsin and only a mere 300 points behind Rhode Island. With that strong of a finish, almost every team member walked away with individuals medals. In fact, the team brought home 23 individual medals! Below is a list of the medal winners:


Connor Hammons GOLD Division II Interview Honor 
Sarah Steinke SILVER Division II Economics Honor 
Sarah Steinke SILVER Division II Music Honor 
Sarah Steinke SILVER Division II Social Science Honor 
Sarah Steinke GOLD Division II Literature Honor 
Chase Hannen GOLD Division II Interview Scholastic 
Chase Hannen SILVER Division II Essay Scholastic 
Luke Hummell GOLD Division II Speech 
Luke Hummell GOLD Division II Speech Scholastic 
Abbigail Frerick BRONZE Division II Music Scholastic 
Abbigail Frerick BRONZE Division II Social Science Scholastic 
Abbigail Frerick SILVER Division II Art Scholastic 
Christian Anton GOLD Division II Economics Varsity 
Christian Anton BRONZE Division II Social Science Varsity 
Christian Anton BRONZE Division II Literature Varsity 
Sienna Belcher BRONZE Division II Interview Varsity 
Sienna Belcher BRONZE Division II Speech Varsity 
Sienna Belcher BRONZE Division II Essay Varsity 
Sienna Belcher BRONZE Division II Speech Varsity 
Stephanie Ray BRONZE Division II Mathematics Varsity 
Stephanie Ray GOLD Division II Literature Varsity 
Stephanie Ray GOLD Division II Speech 
Stephanie Ray GOLD Division II Speech Varsity


2015 National Competition in Los Angeles, California

Cedar Rapids Jefferson, coached by Kevin Darrow, placed 3rd in Division II with a team score of 42,694.20!!! In addition to that astonishing accomplishment, the team came away with numerous individual awards. Tommy Waltmann received the bronze medal in art and economics. Cora Lassen scored bronze in music and speech. Gina Buelow took gold in interview and bronze in literature. Chase Muenzenmeyer received medals in 7 categories; bronze in literature, music, mathematics, economics, and interview and silver in science and art. There were still enough medals in the varsity level for Logan Thompson to take silver in mathematics and interview and bronze in social science. Outstanding job representing Iowa at the national level!  


2014 National Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii

Cedar Rapids Jefferson, coached by Kevin Darrow, placed 4th in Division II !!!  This is a tremendous accomplishment!  Quinn McIlvanie earned the second highest score overall in the varsity division.  He earned second place in the varsity division for art, third place for economics, first place for interview, first place for music.  Hashim Osman earned third place in the scholastic division for economics.  Chase Muenzenmeyer earned first place in social science.  In addition to these awards, the team also earned third place in the Oral Super Quiz!  Way to go, Jefferson!!!!!  :)

South Central Calhoun, coached by John Olson, placed 10th in Division III.  They didn't earn any medals or place in the Oral Super Quiz, but their scores were respectable and they had a great time!  :)



2013 National Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cedar Rapids Jefferson placed 17th out of 53 teams at National Academic Decathlon.  No individual medals were earned.  

Cedar Rapids Kennedy placed 33rd out of 53 teams at National Academic Decathlon in Minneapolis.  No individual medals were earned.