Sierra Lutheran High School took second place at the state Academic Olympic Tournament on Nov. 26 in Tonopah, finishing a close second to Virginia City in the final round of competition.
Virginia City, which finished second to Sierra Lutheran in the regional championship, edged SLHS by three questions in the final.
"Both Sierra Lutheran and Virginia City had very strong teams this year, which made for some very exciting rounds this season," said SLHS coach Tami Seddon. "I am excited about the future of our program since we are only losing two seniors, have a strong junior and sophomore core, and have some very talented freshmen ready to start competing at the state level."
Eight teams from four regions competed at the Nevada State Division 4 tournament. After four preliminary rounds, Pahranagat Valley, Virginia City, Smith Valley, Trinity International and Sierra Lutheran High School advanced to the final round.
Virginia City took the early lead in the final round but was pressed to hang on after being matched question for question by the SLHS side through the end of the last round. Other participating schools this year were Eureka, Jackpot and Wells.
The performance of the Sierra Lutheran team marks the ninth straight year that the Falcons have finished in the top four at the state tournament.