To be on the academic olympics team, Pahranagat students had to take a quiz. The top-seven qualifiers were Ammon Rasmussen, Isbiel Riera, Emily Hansen, Sarah Back, John Hansen, Cody Hatch, and Sunny Rasmussen. The three teams in the Southern division were Pahranagat Valley, Beaver Dam, and Tonopah.
After many hours of individual study, the students were ready for their first competition, held in Alamo. The next meet was in Tonopah. The last showdown, before state, took place in Beaver Dam.
The scores from the meets were added up. Only one team from the south could compete in the state tournament. When Pahranagat Valley beat Beaver Dam by half of a point, this meant Alamo would represent the south at state.
Pahranagat Valley’s Student Council put on a pep assembly to get everyone excited. The team left Sunday night and made the long trek to Eureka.
The competition was the morning of Nov. 19. The group made it through the first round of semi-finals. The top three scorers, in the second round of semi-finals, were sent to the championship round.
Unfortunately, Pahranagat Valley got fourth place in the second round. Their, and the other three teams went on to the state meet.
Senior Ammon Rasmussen, the captain of the team, said, “We had a good balance on our team this year. It got us all the way to the semifinal round at the state competition. Academic Olympics is an enjoyable short-season event. It’s great to go because for our team, it’s all about having fun, and we do great anyways.”
He added, “We had four seniors on our team this year which means there will be four open positions next year. I encourage those who love learning to try out. It’s not about how smart you think you are. It’s about having fun, working as a team, and remembering as many tidbits as you possibly can.”