Students Set To Compete at 36th Annual Riverside County Academic Decathlon

Scenes from the 2018 Academic Decathlon Super Quiz Competition, Student Speech & Top Award Going to Elsinore High School.

RIVERSIDE – Nineteen high school teams will compete in the 36th Annual Academic Decathlon sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education on Saturday, January 26, and Saturday, February 2, at Vista del Lago High School, 15150 Lasselle St, Moreno Valley, CA 92551.

The theme for 2019 is “The 1960s: A Transformational Decade”. The first day of this year’s competition is Saturday, January 26, and will feature essay writing, speeches, and interviews. On February 2, 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 Vista del Lago High School gymnasium.

The awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, in the Vista del Lago High School theater and will include an announcement of the team that will represent Riverside County at the California Academic Decathlon. The California Academic Decathlon will be held March 21-24, 2019, in Sacramento. The California state champion advances to United States Academic Decathlon on April 25-27, 2019, in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Two-time defending champion Elsinore High School is back for 2019 and they are joined by three first-time participants—Vista del Lago High School (Moreno Valley USD), John F. Kennedy Middle College High School (Corona-Norco USD), and Hillcrest High School (Alvord USD). At the state competition in 2018, Elsinore finished 12th overall.

In the 2018 Riverside County Academic Decathlon, finishing behind Elsinore High School was Great Oak High School (Temecula Valley USD). Corona High School Gold (Corona-Norco USD) was third, while San Jacinto High School (San Jacinto USD) finished fourth and Beaumont High School Blue (Beaumont USD) was fifth.

For 2019, the 19 teams competing from 17 Riverside County high schools include:

  • Beaumont (2 teams)
  • Canyon Springs
  • Corona
  • Elsinore
  • Great Oak
  • Hemet (2 teams)
  • Hillcrest
  • John F. Kennedy Middle College
  • John W. North
  • Palm Desert
  • Patriot
  • San Jacinto
  • Shadow Hills
  • Temecula Preparatory
  • Valley View
  • Vista del Lago
  • 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

  • 2018 – Elsinore
  • 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