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Clay County Academic Team Wins State Championship

Clay County Academic Team Wins State Championship

The Clay County Academic Team recently won the state championship — a rigorous high school academic tournament launched in 1986.

Clay won the 2016 Commissioner’s Academic Challenge Division II State Championship by competing in four rounds of academic competition. The competition was April 21-23 at Walt Disney World.

During the tournament, players are asked questions from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages — French and Spanish — physical education, health, and technology. High school educations from throughout Florida write the questions.


The Clay team was selected after the regular high school academic seasons. Students qualified for the team by taking a placement test. The team then practiced weekly from January until the competition.

The team members are Nabeel Farooq, a junior at Ridgeview High School; Jaeger Henderson, a junior at Oakleaf High School; Erik Horning, a senior at Ridgeview High School; Michael Mancil, a junior at Orange Park High School; and Daniel Olis, a junior at Ridgeview High School. Clay County school district Academic Coach Susan McInarnay and Ken Remsen, academic coach at Orange Park High School, coached the team.

Each student received a $500 scholarship, a Florida High School Athletic Association ribbon, and a championship ring provided by Herff Jones. Nabeel Farooq was also chosen to represent Clay County on Team Florida and received an additional $1,000 scholarship.

By Teresa Stepzinski: 904.359.4075 - April 30, 2016

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