Elsinore High School Wins 34th Annual Riverside County Academic Decathlon

team poses with trophy and oversized check

Elsinore High School’s team named overall champions of the 34th Annual Riverside County Academic Decathlon.

BEAUMONT – Last year they were the runner-up to perennial favorite West Valley High, but on Saturday, February 4, Elsinore High School was named overall champion at the 34th Annual Academic Decathlon and will represent Riverside County at the California Academic Decathlon competition in March.

Last year’s winner, West Valley High School of Hemet, with seven championships in 10 years, finished second overall. Hemet High was third. West Valley won the Super Quiz, the public part of the competition held in front of cheering spectators at the Beaumont High School gymnasium, while Elsinore High placed second and Hemet High finished third.

PHOTO GALLERY: Awards Ceremony and Super Quiz

Elsinore High will represent Riverside County at the California Academic Decathlon to be held in Sacramento on March 23-26, 2017. The United States Academic Decathlon will be held on April 20-22 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Twenty-two high school teams competed in the final round of the Academic Decathlon sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education. Statewide, 5,553 students and 2,800 volunteers are involved in Academic Decathlon in 2017 which featured a theme of World War II.

The first day of this year’s competition was held on Saturday, January 28, and featured essay writing, speeches, and interviews. The following weekend started with teams competing via written tests followed by the popular Super Quiz.

For 2017, the 22 teams competing from 18 Riverside County high schools were:

  • Beaumont (2 teams)
  • Corona (2 teams)
  • Elsinore
  • Great Oak
  • Hemet
  • Heritage
  • Lakeside
  • Moreno Valley (2 teams)
  • John W. North
  • Palm Desert
  • Palm Springs
  • San Jacinto
  • Santiago
  • Shadow Hills
  • Tahquitz (2 teams)
  • Temecula Preparatory
  • Valley View
  • West Valley

Each team is composed of nine students, three from each grade point category, and includes three Honor (GPA 3.75-4.00), three Scholastic (GPA 3.00-3.74), and three Varsity (GPA 0.00-2.99) students. Students accumulate individual and team points in written events in mathematics, economics, art, music, literature, science, social science, and Super Quiz.

Riverside County Academic Decathlon Historical Results

  • 2017 – Elsinore
  • 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