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PostHeaderIcon Acalanes High School Wins Fourth Straight Academic Decathlon

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Congratulations to Acalanes High School of Lafayette, the overall team winner of the 2010 Contra Costa County Academic Decathlon. This is Acalanes' fourth year in a row as the county's team winner.

The annual event, which was held over two consecutive Saturdays earlier this year, is directed by the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE), along with the assistance of numerous community volunteers. Close to 150 participating students studied since the beginning of the school year in September to prepare for the event.

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 event culminates in a SuperQuiz; this year's theme 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, Acalanes 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.

"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 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.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 24 August 2010 01:53)


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