Bella Vista High School wins Sacramento County Academic Decathlon

Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks has won the the 2015 Sacramento County Academic Decathlon championship and will advance to the state finals, to be held next month in Sacramento.

The announcement was made Tuesday night during a dinner and awards ceremony at California State University, Sacramento.

Twenty-three high schools and nearly 300 students participated in this year’s competition, which was held Saturday. Students were tested during the day on a variety of subjects, and the event culminated with the Super Quiz. This year’s Super Quiz topic was “New Alternatives in Energy – Ingenuity and Innovation.”

Folsom High School finished second, followed by Pleasant Grove High School in third place, Del Campo High School in fourth place and Sheldon High School in fifth place. Del Campo High was recognized as the school with the most improved score from the prior year.

In the decathlon, students compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in 10 academic categories: economics, art, science, social science, language/literature, mathematics, music, essay, interview and speech.

Each high school team consists of nine students – three with “A” grade averages, three with “B” averages and three with “C” averages – who compete against those who have the same grade average.

The Sacramento Count Academic Decathlon is presented by the Sacramento County Office of Education staff and community volunteers. SAFE Credit Union provided $10,000 in scholarships to be distributed among top-scoring students.

As the county champion, Bella Vista High will compete for the state championship in the California Academic Decathlon, which will be held in Sacramento March 20 and 21. The winner at the state level will advance to the U.S. Academic Decathlon, scheduled April 16-18 in Garden Grove, in Southern California.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.