BEAUMONT – Last year they were the runner-up to perennial favorite West Valley High, but Saturday, Feb. 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, which is the public part of the competition and was held in front of cheering spectators at the Beaumont High School gymnasium, while Elsinore High placed second and Hemet High finished third.
Elsinore High will represent Riverside County at the California Academic Decathlon to be held in Sacramento March 23-26. The United States Academic Decathlon will be held 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 Saturday, Jan. 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 two teams from Beaumont High, two teams from Corona High, Elsinore, Great Oak, Hemet, Heritage, Lakeside, two teams from Moreno Valley High, John W. North, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, San Jacinto, Santiago, Shadow Hills, two teams from Tahquitz High, Temecula Preparatory, Valley View and West Valley.
Each team is composed of nine students, three from each grade point category. The categories are 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.
The Riverside County Academic Decathlon historical results for the past 10 years are dominated by West Valley High and Hemet High; this year is Elsinore High’s first win. Elsinore won for 2017, West Valley won for 2016 and 2015 and Hemet won in 2014. West Valley won from 2009 to 2013, and Hemet won from 2006 to 2008.