ROMOLAND – West Valley High School (Hemet USD) was named overall champion at the 33rd Annual Academic Decathlon on Saturday, February 6, 2016, and will represent Riverside County at the California Academic Decathlon competition. The win represents the school’s second in a row and seventh in the last decade of the competition. Elsinore High School finished second and Corona High School’s Red Team earned third place.
Elsinore High won the Super Quiz, the public part of the competition held in front of cheering spectators at the Heritage High School gymnasium, while West Valley placed second and Corona’s Red Team and San Jacinto tied for third.
Twenty-four high school teams competed in the event, sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education. Competition began January 30 with essay, speech and interview rounds. Teams on Saturday took written tests before the Super Quiz.
This year the Super Quiz featured a collaborative element for the first time as team members were allowed to confer with one another for 10 seconds before submitting their answers. In previous years, students had only seven seconds to submit answers and were not allowed to interact with teammates.
West Valley will represent Riverside County at the California Academic Decathlon to be held in Sacramento on March 17-20, 2016. The United States Academic Decathlon will be held on April 28-30, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska.
Historical Results from Riverside County Academic Decathlon (previous 10 years)
- 2016 – West Valley
- 2015 – West Valley
- 2014 – Hemet
- 2013 – West Valley
- 2012 – West Valley
- 2011 – West Valley
- 2010 – West Valley
- 2009 – West Valley
- 2008 – Hemet
- 2007 – Hemet
- 2006 – Hemet