Winners of the 2017 Ventura County Academic Decathlon
The Ventura County Office of Education is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Ventura County Academic Decathlon is Calabasas High School’s A Team. Coming in second place is Oxnard High School’s A Team, followed by Oak Park High School’s A Team, which came in third. Oak Park High School’s A Team won the “Super Quiz” portion of the competition. The Academic Decathlon was held Saturday at Pacifica High School in Oxnard.
This is the first year Calabasas High School has participated in the Ventura County Academic Decathlon and their first place finish breaks a five year winning streak by Westlake High School. Calabasas will now advance to the state Academic Decathlon, which will be held in March. The winning California team moves on to the national competition. Ventura County teams have made it to the nationals six times, placing second in 2000 and 2002, and taking first place in 1999, 2003, 2008 and 2009.
About the Academic Decathlon
The Academic Decathlon is an opportunity for high school students in Ventura County to compete against like teams of students countywide. Students compete in ten academic events that cover subjects ranging from art to economics. The United States Academic Decathlon is the nation’s premier scholastic competition for students from public and private high schools across the country.
A unique aspect of the competition is that it’s designed to include students from all academic backgrounds. A team consists of nine full-time students from the 9th through 12th grades at the same high school. Each team is comprised of three students whose grade point average falls into the “A” category, three students in the “B” category and three students in the “C” category.
About the Ventura County Office of Education
The Ventura County Office of Education provides a broad array of fiscal, training and technology support services to local school districts, helping to maintain and improve lifelong educational opportunities for children, educators and community members. VCOE also operates schools that serve students with severe disabilities and behavioral issues, provides career education courses, and coordinates countywide academic competitions including Mock Trial and the Ventura County Science Fair. Learn more at: www.vcoe.org.