SH Acadeca team

The South Hardin Academic Decathlon team which includes: (back row) Mary Brady, Allison Sisson, Brayton Diedrich, Nathan Stanish, (front row) Diep Nguyen, Ashley Asaeda and David Van Zante placed fourth at the State Competition.

When South Hardin’s David Van Zante found out he turned the highest overall individual score for the varsity level at the 2021 Iowa State Academic Decathlon Competition, he was in the car with some friends and teammates.

It took a minute for it all to sink in.

Test takers

Because of COVID-19, this 2021 state competition was held at each individual school. Competitors took tests throughout one day on a website and recorded speeches and interviews the next day. Results were posted and available to livestream the Saturday after all competitions were done.

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