A team of Florida Atlantic University High School students were recently named Division III state champions in the State Commissioner’s Academic Challenge at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
The FAU High team consisted of Yasmine Zerrouki, Mauricio Barba da Costa, Pedro Almeida, Ajay Desai, Sajeev Sarkar and Lili Mueller.
The goal of the tournament is to provide a prestigious academic arena in which Florida’s academically talented high school students are recognized.
The challenge is a highly academic statewide high school tournament inaugurated in 1986. Each team consists of six members and a coach. Players are asked questions from the areas of: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, theater, music, world languages, physical education, health and medicine, and technology.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment by a dedicated team and their passionate coaches,” said Sherry Bees, principal/director of A.D. Henderson and FAU High School. “Even with their rigorous academic schedule, our students seek out opportunities to participate in a variety of competitions. FAU High School will continue to support and provide all students with the infrastructure to allow them to pursue and partake in these challenges.”
A total of 41 districts competed at this year’s games and FAU High’s team competed against 16 other teams.