RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph High School students performed well in a recent academic decathlon, taking home five gold medals, a silver medal, a bronze medal and four honorable mentions.

RHS senior Rachana Chilakapati prevailed at the regional competition winning three gold medals, a bronze medal and an honorable mention.

"I'm excited," Rachana said. "I like being a senior on the Academic Decathalon team. I can help others improve and there is a different dynamic when you are the oldest."

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Rachana went home with gold medals in the scholastic team for mathematics, interview results and speech, a bronze medal for an overall decathalon award for region III and an an honorable mention for economics. Rachana was also named most valuable team member and will travel to Ramapo High School on March 4 to compete in the state competition.

Other award winners are: a gold medal to Daniel Kim for mathematics in the honors division, a gold medal for language and literature in the scholastic alternative division and a silver medal for social science in the scholastic division to James Domalewski, honorable mention in interview results in the scholastic division to Haley McArthur, an honorable mention in the varsity division to Heather Greenberg and an honorable mention in speech in the scholastic division for Isabel Litterst.

Rachana, Daniel and Heather were the highest scoring decathletes for Randolph at the event at the Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Clifton February 1.

Students are placed in levels of competition based on their grade point average.