TJ Students Win Virginia Academic Decathlon


Students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, including students from Loudoun County, will represent Virginia at the United States Academic Decathlon. 


On March 15, students gathered virtually to complete the 10-event competition for the state title, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology came out on top. As state champion, Thomas Jefferson will represent Virginia at the national team competition on April 28 in Des Moines, Iowa.


Teams of nine students compete in 10 events as part of the Academic Decathlon. Seven events are multiple-choice exams in math, science, history, literature, music, art and economics. A panel of judges scores participants individually in the speech, interview and essay events. All of the events share a common theme which for this season is “The Cold War.” To foster both team development and personal growth, each participant competes in all events, and teams must be balanced with students from a range of grade point averages.  


Thomas Jefferson is led by team captain Tegan Powers and coached by Sean Burke and Michael Powers.


In this year’s state competition, students also were recognized for individual achievements.  Medals for top overall individual score in each grade division went to Joanna Cheng, Erika Ramirez and Tegan Powers, all from Thomas Jefferson.


Other medalists in individual events from Thomas Jefferson include: Anwitha Kollipara (Economics, History, Literature, Math, Science), Cristian Clewis (Economics, Math, Science), Diego Valencia (Literature, Math), Elliot Lee (Art, Essay), Erika Ramirez (Art, Economics, Essay, History, Literature, Science, Speech), Joanna Cheng (Economics, History, Music, Science), Prashanth Kumaran (Music), Rhea Goswami (History, Science), Tegan Powers (Art, Essay, Music, Speech), and Umang Jain (History, Interview); and from Yorktown: Lucy Shoreman (Speech, Interview), Noelle George (Interview), Elise Beasley, Breanna Tatel, Miriam Brem, and Zoe Nagle


Started in 1968, United States Academic Decathlon is the premier national academic competition.





Published March 30, 2021