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GCI Academic Decathlon

Holly Brand of Craig and fellow students appear nervous as they prepare to take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Students take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Jordan Centeno of West Valley High School in Fairbanks takes a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Students take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Students take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Mandi Liddell of Valdez listens to instructions before taking a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Etienne Soboleff of Juneau-Douglas High School wraps up a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Holly Brand of Craig begins to take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Rodney Polty of Pilot Station takes a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Atticus Geiger of West Valley High School in Fairbanks reviews his answers as time winds down on a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Holly Brand of Craig and fellow students appear nervous as they prepare to take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Students take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Jordan Centeno of West Valley High School in Fairbanks takes a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Students take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Students take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Mandi Liddell of Valdez listens to instructions before taking a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Etienne Soboleff of Juneau-Douglas High School wraps up a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Holly Brand of Craig begins to take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Rodney Polty of Pilot Station takes a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Atticus Geiger of West Valley High School in Fairbanks reviews his answers as time winds down on a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Holly Brand of Craig and fellow students appear nervous as they prepare to take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Students take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Jordan Centeno of West Valley High School in Fairbanks takes a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Students take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Students take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Mandi Liddell of Valdez listens to instructions before taking a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Etienne Soboleff of Juneau-Douglas High School wraps up a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Holly Brand of Craig begins to take a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Rodney Polty of Pilot Station takes a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Atticus Geiger of West Valley High School in Fairbanks reviews his answers as time winds down on a 30-minute science test at the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel downtown. There are 163 high school students from across the state participating in the three-day event, taking tests in math, economics, science, language and literature, art, music and social science. They also submit an essay and demonstrate speech and interview skills before panels of volunteer judges. To include students from a variety of academic abilities, teams of nine are comprised of A, B and C students competing within their own divisions. The theme for this year's competition is World War I. State championship teams advance to national competition April 24-26 in Hawaii.
Erik Hill
Craig Medred