Martinsville High School Academic Decathlon winners honored at Statehouse

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Thursday, April 11, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) honored Martinsville High School students Thursday morning for their 16th consecutive win in the Indiana Academic Decathlon State Championship. The students were brought onto the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives for their achievement and honored with a resolution.

“These students’ achievement comes as a result of years of hard work and dedication,” said Rep. Mayfield. “Their accomplishment stands as testament to the prosperous rewards reaped by steady commitment and determination.”

The Martinsville team spent hundreds of hours practicing in preparation for the competition, hosted by Purdue University, February 8 and 9. Team members competed in the subjects of math, science, music, art, economics, social studies, language and literature, speech, essay and interview to round up a winning score of 38,745 points. Martinsville High School’s win marks their 30th state championship in all academic competitions, the most of any school in the state.

“I’m proud to be joined by Senate sponsor Rodric Bray, himself a distinguished alumni of Martinsville High School to honor these young men and women today in recognition of their achievement,” said Rep. Mayfield. “Their incredible showing at the Academic Decathlon State Championship is one to be commended and celebrated throughout the community.

“Coach Wayne Babbitt deserves special credit in helping the students achieve their success. Since 1990, Babbitt has served as a coach, confidant, and most importantly an inspiration to the students. In addition, he acts as the organizer, fund raiser, and public relations liaison. His dedication to teaching is a shining example.”

The team will go on to represent Indiana in the national championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late April.