Above: The 2019 East Greenwich High School Academic Decathlon team.

ESPN may not be mentioning these achievements like they did Patrick Shea’s recent buzzer beater but lots of students at the high school have been racking up accolades in areas ranging from Academic Decathlon, the RI High School Drama Festival to Health Occupation Students of America Leadership conference. Congratulations all!

The EGHS Academic Decathlon team placed second in the statewide competition, losing to perennial Acadeca powerhouse Bishop Hendricken.

“I’m proud that we jumped from 4th place last year to 2nd place this year,” said teacher advisor Ben Revkin.

The team is comprised of nine members, three for each division (honors, scholastic and varsity). The divisions are based on a student’s unweighted GPA from the previous two years. “They ensure students of all academic abilities have a chance to compete,” Revkin explained. “There is a misconception that the team is only for the highest achieving students, but we are always trying to find dedicated varsity students to round it out. Additionally, alternate members can compete, and they take all the same tests, but their scores are not calculated for the overall team score.”

This year’s topic was the 1960s and the 10 subjects – math, economics, science, social science, language and literature, art, music, interview, essay, and speech – get at that topic in various ways, Revkin said.

He said it helps to have someone on each team who can do fairly well in most subjects. Team scores are cumulative but individuals can also medal within their division in a specific area, Revkin explained. Brian Wei earned a remarkable three individual gold medals in the honors division, in math, social science and economics.

Revkin said the team is always on the lookout for new members.

“Members who come in as sophomores get an idea of what the club is about, and by the time they are juniors and seniors, they are often competing as alternates or team members,” he said.

EGHS individual award winners:

  • Eva Bianco,
  • Brian Wei,
  • Ana Karabots,
  • Laurel Koehler,
  • Holland Lopez, and
  • Jonathan Yao

Last week, the EGHS Drama Club participated in the R.I. High School Drama Festival for the first time, presenting the show, “How to Succeed in High School Without Really Trying.” These students won awards at the festival:

  • Vanessa Dimasse – Costume Design
  • Dan Sun – Acting
  • Ella Saint – Acting
  • Jack Larson – Acting
  • Patrick Shenefield   – Director
  • Ariel Finkle was a finalist for the Terry Murray Scholarship Award

And the EGHS chapter of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) had nine medalists at its first Spring Leadership Conference:

  • Beria Hos, bronze medalist for Behavioral Health
  • Kavana Girish, silver medalist for Transcultural Health Care
  • Kinjal Gupta, gold medalist for Health Career Photography
  • Rachel Distefano and Shannon Lake, gold medalists for Health Career Display
  • Hanna Casper, Sydney Fay, Isabella Marasco, and Laura Vetters, gold medalists for Health Education