PHS Students Continue to Impress
Many of our Prescott community members saw a few weeks ago that our Prescott High School Student Council brought over 2000 people to town for the State Student Council Convention.
If you didn’t read about it in the Daily Courier, you probably either saw or heard the energy of these great kids firsthand, as they infiltrated our town. It was a wonderful success that not only provided high-powered leadership training to kids from across Arizona, but also brought a boost to our local economy. Our students had local economy in mind when they bid for this prestigious event, and we are so proud of them.
Pay attention to PHS and the students who continue impress and bring people from all over the state here to play, learn, compete, and enjoy our community. Last week, it was the Regional Academic Decathlon Competition at PHS on Friday and Saturday. This effort was led by PHS teacher Cathleen Cherry and counselor Robert Swan, as well as community leader and former PHS AcaDec competitor Stan Goligoski, who enlisted an impressive group of volunteers to help with the event, including PHS Alum, State Senate President Karen Fann.
The Arizona Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. Just like its ancient Greek counterpart, success doesn’t come from being the best in a single event, it comes from mastering ten varied skills and disciplines.
The results from last week? PHS placed 3rd overall in the region with seven individual students bringing home 21 medals. Our most successful example was Kolob Farnsworth, who earned a Bronze in Language & Literature, Silver in Science, Bronze in Art, Gold in Math, Gold in Economics, Bronze in Speech, Bronze in Social Science, and Gold in 10-event total. Yes, he had to have help to get all of that hardware home!
Dr. Les Martisco of the Academic Decathlon organization said it best: “Academic Decathlon is about daring to push your limits, to master college-level material and to practice skills, like public speaking, that might be wholly new to you. It’s about the people you’ll meet along the way – the coaches who will mentor you, the competitors who will challenge you, and the teammates who will become your lifelong friends.”
Like so many of the things that we offer our students in the Prescott Unified School District, this opportunity is more than just an event. It is that perfect niche for a certain kind of student that allows him or her to take risks and challenges, and learn about how to navigate life. These are the lessons that we strive to provide for “Every Child, Every Day.” Take a look at our website today to find an event that you find interest in. Come and cheer on your local Badgers. We have something for everyone.