Elsinore High School wins 2018 Academic Decathlon


For the second consecutive year, Elsinore High School took home the championship at the Riverside County Academic Decathlon. They were also the winner of the Super Quiz.

Great Oak High School finished second, Corona High School Gold placed third, San Jacinto High School came in fourth and Beaumont High School Blue was fifth. The event, held at Corona High School, concluded with the Super Quiz competition on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Elsinore’s win qualified them to once again represent Riverside County at the California Academic Decathlon Mar. 22 through Mar. 25 in Sacramento. The California champion will advance to the United States Academic Decathlon Apr. 19 through Apr. 21 in Frisco, Texas.

The first day of this year’s competition was held on Jan. 27 and featured essay writing, speeches, and interviews. The following weekend started with written tests in the morning followed by the popular Super Quiz.

The Academic Decathlon features teams of six to nine students in 10 Academic categories. Each team is composed of nine students, three from each grade point category, and includes three Honor (GPA 3.75-4.00), three Scholastic (GPA 3.00-3.74), and three Varsity (GPA 0.00-2.99) students. Students accumulate individual and team points in written events in mathematics, economics, art, music, literature, science, social science and Super Quiz. Statewide, over 5,000 students and 2,800 volunteers were involved in the 2018 Academic Decathlon that featured a theme of Africa.