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Wakulla High Academic Team wins second place

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The Wakulla High School Academic Team finished second at the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge, the official academic championship for the State of Florida. The team, consisting of Samuel Roddenberry, Daniel Sullivan, Riddhi Patel, Sarah Smith, and Zac Boone, coached by Brian Jacobs, finished ahead of four other counties in a tight, six-team final match to win the honor.
“I’m really proud of the kids,” Coach Jacobs said. “They went into the last round of the final in fifth, and they showed a lot of intelligence and composure to fight their way through the pack.”
Roddenberry, the team captain, was honored with a spot on Team Florida, a six-member tournament all-star team, which comes with a $1,000 scholarship.
This is Wakulla’s second runner-up performance in the 32-year history of the tournament, and Roddenberry is the second Wakulla High School student to make Team Florida.
Next year, the team is returning four of its five players.
“That gives us high hopes for the future,” Jacobs said. “We’re coming back with a lot of experience.”
The tournament was won by Walton County.