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Rock star rookies—Thanks to their academic prowess and a loan from the Arizona Academic Decathlon Association, a team of Boulder Creek students shined in Hawaii.
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Academic team gets ‘HI’ marks

Staff Report~ 5/7/2014

Deer Valley Unified School District’s Boulder Creek Academic Decathlon team recently placed sixth in the nation and third for public schools during the Academic Decathlon National Finals in Honolulu, Hawaii.
As anticipated, the team was selected as "Rookie of the Year." Eight individual medals were also won by Chris Balzer, Nick Goettl, Cameron Moreno and Sean Wurr.
The competition’s quiz-like theme centered on World War I and included questions relating to art, economics, literature, math, music, science and social science.
To help with the cost of the finals trip in Honolulu, the Arizona Academic Decathlon Association loaned $10,000 to Boulder Creek's team, and the local students have been fundraising to help pay off this loan. The team still needs around $3,000.
To support the Boulder Creek Academic Decathlon team by making a donation, visit their website at or make a tax credit donation online at