Trophy finish and much more

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Johnston Senior High School finished third in the statewide Rhode Island Academic Decathlon held virtually on March 7, placing behind East Greenwich (second) and Hendricken, which will go on to compete in the nationals this month. During the virtual awards ceremony hosted last week by Channel 12 news anchor Kim Kalunian and featuring comments from Gov. Dan McKee, Johnston students were awarded more than 20 medals for placing in the top three positions in their divisions in different tests. The Decathlon also recognized team coaches Debra Symth and Kerry Murphy with the Gus Capotosto Award for the team with the most improved score from the 2020 competition. Pictured with Mackenzie Hanna, a junior who won a bronze medal in speech, are Smyth, Murphy and school Principal Donna Pennacchia.. At left, Pennacchia displays all the medals. (Johnston Sun Rise photos by John Howell)

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