Competition Set to Reach Fever Pitch Starting Saturday at 37th Annual Riverside County Academic Decathlon

With the theme “In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness”, Elsinore High School will seek 4th consecutive title

Winning Academic Decathlon team holding oversized check - #AcadecRivCoRIVERSIDE – Seventeen teams from 16 high schools will compete in the 37th Annual Academic Decathlon sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education on Saturday, January 25, and Saturday, February 1, at Vista del Lago High School, 15150 Lasselle St, Moreno Valley, CA 92551.

The theme for 2020 is “In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness.” The first day of this year’s competition is Saturday, January 25, and will feature essay writing, speeches, and interviews. On Saturday, February 1, 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 1, 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 26-29, 2020, in Sacramento. The California state champion advances to the United States Academic Decathlon from April 30 to May 2, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska.

In the 2019 Riverside County Academic Decathlon, finishing second behind Elsinore High School was West Valley High School. Hemet High School finished third while Corona High School finished fourth. Beaumont High School was fifth overall.

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.

For 2020, the 17 teams competing from 16 Riverside County high schools include:

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

Riverside County Academic Decathlon historical results:

  • 2019 – Elsinore
  • 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