Acalanes (Lafayette), American (Fremont), Antioch, California (San Ramon), Campolindo (Moraga), Freedom (Oakley), Las Lomas (Walnut Creek), Miramonte (Orinda), Northgate (Walnut Creek), and Pittsburg. "The Academic Decathlon is an outstanding event, which challenges our students’ knowledge and learning skills," says Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Joseph A. Ovick, Ed.D. "My congratulations to all the schools and students who participated, I know they will never forget this experience. We at the CCCOE would also like to convey a big thank you to all the teachers and volunteers who made the event another success.”
The Academic Decathlon provides an opportunity for high school students to compete as individuals and teams in a series of ten academic tests and demonstrations including: art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, essay, interview, and speech (both prepared and impromptu). The curriculum for this year's event-ending team SuperQuiz was The French Revolution. Acalanes High School will represent Contra Costa County at the California Academic Decathlon that will be held in Sacramento March 12-15. Last year, the Lafayette high school was named as the overall Division III Team Winner in the California State Academic Decathlon. The National Academic Decathlon will be held in Omaha, Neb., April 21-24.
This year’s Top Overall Academic Decathlon Individual Award went to Grace Ma, of Campolindo High School. The high school teams are made up of nine students, grades 9-12, with a maximum of three students in each of the following divisions: Honors (3.75-4.00 GPA), Scholastic (3.00-3.74 GPA) and Varsity (2.99 GPA and below). For the complete team and individual scores of the 2010 Contra Costa County Academic Decathlon, visit www.cocoschools.org/edsvcs/events/decathlon.htm. All statistics should be posted by early next week.