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Truckee High students ace academic team championship

Renee Shadforth
Sierra Sun
Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunFrom left, Eric Dita, Eric Newland, Chelsea, Alex Prodaniuk, Ben Bloomfield, Conrad Thompson, Gabe Cooper and Kristen Knudson.
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A group of Tahoe Truckee High School students brought home a big championship win, but it wasn’t for their skills with a bat or running the 100-yard dash.

These students won with the might of their brains and their swiftness with a buzzer as the victors of the Northern Nevada 3A academic team championships. In the final championship match, the Truckee High team was pitted against Dayton High School’s team, which was undefeated until the finals.

In contrast, the Truckee High team had a 9-5 record.

“It was really sort of a surprise to win the championship,” said Truckee High junior Eric Dita. “I don’t think we went in with a lot of confidence, but maybe that’s why we won. I think we were pretty relaxed.”

However, Truckee High academic team coach Stan Kyzer said he had a lot of faith in his students.

“I wasn’t really surprised because I know how bright our students are,” said Kyzer, who is also an English teacher at Truckee High.

Kyzer, who has been the academic team coach for several years, said this is the first time a team has qualified for championships during his tenure as coach.

Students on the academic team tend to be involved in other school activities ” such as drama, band or athletics ” so it’s difficult to get a full team out for the six-week season, he said.

This year, the stars aligned. The students battled their way into the championships, and there were no major after-school events in conflict with the finals in Battle Mountain, Nev.

However, the students’ hard work inside and outside of school didn’t hurt either.

“Part of the success of the team is that there are good things going on in the classroom,” Kyzer said.