Mountain Crest and Davis high schools captured the two main events in the fifth annual Academic Olympiad at Utah State University.
Mountain Crest won a tense sudden-death overtime against Layton High School to win the contest dubbed "Star Wars," and Davis took home the second giant trophy as the team winning the highest number of points in math, social studies, science and language arts tests.Some 180 students from 20 northern Utah and southern Idaho high schools entered the competition, which is sponsored by USU, Phi Kappa Phi and the Northern Utah Curriculum Consortium.
The college bowl-style competition tests detailed knowledge across the academic spectrum of the nine team members. After more than an hour of questioning, Mountain Crest, Ben Lomond, Layton and Viewmont high schools were tied.
Layton and Mountain Crest correctly answered six additional questions before the Hyrum school scooped a mathematics question to decide the tournament.
Members of the winning team are Jason Christensen, John Howell, Rebecca Jones, Jennifer Obray, Adam Slagowski and Nathan White. Alternate team members are Michelle Frandsen, Aaron Griggs and Diana Low.
Coaching the winners are Margaret Obray, honors government and history teacher; and Larry Litizzetti, honors and general biology teacher.
Davis, coached by Genene Hill, fielded a team including Sam Brown, Tad Hall, Brett Rushforth, Jim Richins, Joe Tennant and Doug Thompson. Alternates are Dave Landin, Brent Smith and Tilese Topham.
Students who took home High Total Point medals and four-year USU scholarships are Dan Boren of Roy, first place; Ashley Aikens, Bonneville, second place; and Heidi Peterson, Sky View, and Sam Brown, Davis, tied for third place.