Campolindo takes first place in 2021 High School Bay Regional Academic Decathlon

Campolindo takes first place in 2021 High School Bay Regional Academic Decathlon
Posted on 03/01/2021

MORAGA, Calif., March 1, 2021 ­– After a strong comprehensive and competitive contest, Campolindo High School in Moraga was named the 2021 High School Bay Regional Academic Decathlon, earning the privilege of representing Contra Costa County in the upcoming 44th California State Academic Decathlon competition. Following Campolindo, were Vanden High School (Fairfield), second place; and Davis High School (Davis), third place. 

The Solano County Office of Education hosted the Academic Decathlon in February, which attracted 240 students from 15 high schools in, Alameda, Contra Costa, Imperial, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties. 

"It goes without saying that these have been unprecedented times for our Academic Decathlon team,” Campolindo teacher and Academic Decathlon advisor Paul Verbanszky said. “However, the spirit of camaraderie and academic curiosity has persevered within our membership as we worked hard to make the best of things. We met regularly via Zoom and made a lot of great memories as a team as we successfully prepared for the competition. We are very excited to represent Contra Costa County again at the State Championship."  

The Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. The ten events include comprehensive written exams in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, social science and science. Decathletes also deliver prepared and impromptu speeches, write an essay and communicate through a conversational interview. The Academic Decathlon is designed to include student competitors from all academic backgrounds. A team consists of decathletes in 9th-12th grades from the same high school. Each team competes in three team categories, Honor, Scholastic, and Varsity, all based upon grade point average. Each student competes in all ten events against competitors of comparable grade point average. 

Along with Campolindo, Vanden (Solano County), and Davis (Yolo County), the schools moving on to the statewide competition are: American Canyon High School (Napa County); Piedmont High (Alameda County); South West (Imperial County); Upper Lake (Lake County); Willits (Mendocino County); Menlo-Atherton (San Mateo County); BASIS Independent Silicon Valley (Santa Clara County); and Casa Grande (Sonoma County). 

For more information about the Academic Decathlon, contact Ken Scarberry at 707-646-7603 or [email protected]

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