Students Set To Compete With Theme Of Africa At 35th Annual Riverside County Academic Decathlon

RIVERSIDE – Twenty-one high school teams will compete in the 35th Annual Academic Decathlon sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education on Saturday, January 27, and Saturday, February 3, at Corona High School, 1150 W. 10th St. Corona.

Statewide, over 5,000 students and 2,800 volunteers are involved in Academic Decathlon in 2018 that features a theme of Africa.

Last year’s champion Elsinore High is back for 2018 and they are joined by newcomer Canyon Springs High School from Moreno Valley Unified School District.

The first day of this year’s competition is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, and will feature essay writing, speeches, and interviews. On February 3, teams will compete via written tests in the morning followed by the popular Super Quiz—the only event open to the public (other than the awards ceremony) at 1:30 p.m. in the Corona High School gymnasium.

The awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, in the Corona High School theater and will include an announcement of the team that will represent Riverside County at the California Academic Decathlon to be held in Sacramento on March 22-25, 2018. The California champion will advance to the United States Academic Decathlon set for April 19-21 in Frisco, Texas.

In the 2017 competition in Riverside County, Elsinore High edged out perennial favorite West Valley High after finishing in the runner-up spot in 2016 (see Riverside County historical results at end of press release). Elsinore advanced to the California Academic Decathlon and placed 17th in Division 1. They were joined in the state competition by wild card competitors Hemet and West Valley.

For 2018, the 21 teams competing from 18 Riverside County high schools include:

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

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

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