Keller High School’s Academic Decathlon team is headed to the state meet Feb. 22-24 in El Paso after placing third overall at the regional meet.Students from Keller, Central and Timber Creek performed well at the Region VIII Academic Decathlon Meet Jan. 25-26 at Lamar High School in Arlington.Arlington High School won the meet and advanced to state with an automatic bid. Keller and second-place Duncanville High School advanced based on point totals. The top 40 Academic Decathlon teams in the large school division secure spots at the state meet.In Academic Decathlon, each nine-member team consists of three “A” students, three “B” students and three “C” students who compete against students at the same level. Teams compete in interview, essay, speech, music, art, language/literature, mathematics, economics, science and social science. The final event is Super Quiz which asks five questions of each team member one at a time. Each year, the competition has a designated topic for all materials to follow. This year’s focus is Russia.Students get medals for placing in the top three of every category except Super Quiz while teams can medal in Super Quiz and overall finish.In addition to the third place finish overall, Keller’s team got a medal for placing second in Super Quiz Relay.Keller individuals receiving medals were Lauren Adelaar, who placed first in economics, third in music and fifth overall; Rebekah Engelland, first in interview and third in essay; Kyle Harper, first in mathematics, second in science, third in speech, third in social science and fourth overall; Matt McCall, third in language/literature and third in social science; Imran Habib, first in mathematics; Chris Ohman, first in speech and first in interview; Alex Moore, second in math and second in interview; and Alex Shreve, third in speech.Central Charger individual medals went to Vi Pham for placing second in interview and to Alex Walker for finishing first in interview with a perfect score and second place in speech.Timber Creek individual medals went to Charlton Castlemain, who placed second in language/literature; and to Casey Dinaro for finishing first in language/literature, second in music, second in economics and second in social science.