Family and friends of the Alice High School's Academic Decathlon team gathered on Thursday at the high school campus to recognize the students' academic achievements.

Among those in attendance was Texas Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa who congratulated them on their hard work and dedication.

A proclamation from the Senate of the State of Texas recognized the Alice Academic Decathlon team, which recently won first place at the 2016 state academic decathlon competition.

The senator praised the teams accomplishments.

The Alice HS team is represented by Lainy Eberhard, Jose Perez, Rose Torres, Dustin Money, Adrian Cantu, Javi Martinez, Autumn Flores, Marcos Ruiz, Gus Gonzalez and Shivam Desai. The team is managered by Dr. Joseph Eberhard.