Annika Ariel, Santa Rosa, CA
Maria Carrillo High School
Annika is legally blind, and not only is she the Academic Decathlon captain, but she learned all material within the art curriculum. In addition to earning 7 medals in categories ranging from speech to science, Annika also took the gold medal in art. A clarinetist for 9 years, Annika enjoys serving as a role model for other students. After her former music teacher’s house burned down, Annika took the initiative to organize a benefit concert, uniting 3 different schools and over 20 ensembles. Annika is also a member of the Speech Team, and she is a creative writer. Her writing has been published in an anthology of teen bullying works.