The Cesar Chavez Academic Decathlon Team Tries for Something No Phoenix Union School Has Ever Done

Posted by Community Relations on 3/23/2016

The Cesar Chavez Academic Decathlon team was trying for something no Phoenix Union school has ever done- win the State Academic Decathlon. Winners of the Regionals while posting the second-best score in Arizona, they were definitely contenders. However, the Champions settled for a fourth-place finish in the 40-team event, May 11-12 at Red Mountain High School. Chavez finished behind Canyon del Oro, Hamilton and Mountain View, but recorded its highest score ever- 44,478.8, and had several individual highlights. Rodrigo Terrazas won a silver medal for overall scoring in the Scholastic Division. His 8,179.8 points were best on the Chavez team and 15th overall among the more than 300 competitors. He also won five medals, three silvers in science, art and social studies and bronze in language and music. His two Scholastic division team members also finished in the top 10 in overall scoring- Jasmine Lebron was 9th, and Karrecia Crawley was 10th.   Julio Espinoza was 6th overall in the Varsity division, Claudia Corrales, 10th overall and Briana Nevarez, 15th.   Benjamin Kibler, with 7,833 points, was the top Honors decathlete, finishing 19th overall in the top division. Other medal winners were Sam Porter, silver in Honors Essay; Lebron, gold in Scholastic art, and bronzes in Science and Social Studies; Crawley, gold in Scholastic Science; Espinoza, gold in Varsity Art and silver in Economics; Nevarez, bronze in Varsity Language and Corrales, silver in Social Studies and bronze in Economics.

The fourth place finish is the highest state ranking for Cesar Chavez in school history. Coach William Kibler has led the Champions to the Top 10 in the State for the past seven years.