Bella Vista High wins fifth straight Sacramento County Academic Decathlon title

Students from Bella Vista High School have won the school’s fifth straight Sacramento County Academic Decathlon title and will return to next month’s state competition, county education officials announced this week.

Folsom and Pleasant Grove high schools took the second- and third-place awards in the 2016 decathlon Saturday, repeating the same podium finish from a year ago.

Bella Vista has won the Sacramento County championship 24 times in the past 28 years, according to the San Juan Unified School District. Mike Erickson, co-head coach, said the Fair Oaks school this year recorded the highest score in county competition history.

The statewide Academic Decathlon is set for March 17-21 in Sacramento. The winning team in the California event will head to Anchorage, Ala., for the April 1-5 national event.

David Gordon, Sacramento County superintendent of schools, announced individual and team winners at a banquet Tuesday presented by the Sacramento County Office of Education.

The weekend event at Inderkum High School drew 24 teams, including three from Placer County, which competed among themselves and were scored separately. Those schools, in first-to-third rankings, were Roseville High School, Western Sierra Collegiate Academy and Rocklin High School. Rocklin did not have a complete team.

To prepare, students studied India as a theme and competed in economics, art, science, social science, language/literature, mathematics, music, essay, interview and speech.

A complete team consists of nine students with A-to-C grade averages. The coaches are high school teachers.