Van­den High wins 2020 North Bay Re­gional Aca­demic De­cathlon

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The 2020 North Bay Re­gional Aca­demic De­cathlon. re­sults are in and the Van­den High School team stole the show.

More than 225 stu­dents from 15 high schools across Lake, Men­do­cino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo coun­ties par­tic­i­pated in the event.

The Aca­demic De­cathlon is a com­pet­i­tive event mod­eled af­ter the Olympics to stim­u­late aca­demic achieve­ment and honor “ath­letes of the mind.” The com­pe­ti­tion, this year bear­ing the theme “In Sick­ness and in Health: An Ex­plo­ration of Ill­ness and Well­ness,” pro­vides stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in an ed­u­ca­tional fo­rum, which fos­ters a deep re­spect for knowl­edge, co­op­er­a­tion, and self­es­teem, or­ga­niz­ers said.

“I am thrilled to see this rig­or­ous aca­demic chal­lenge for stu­dents ex­pand to in­clude six coun­ties this year,” said Lisette Estrel­laHen­der­son, Solano Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools, on a press state­ment. “All of the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams worked very hard and rep­re­sented their schools well. I con­grat­u­late every par­tic­i­pant, and I’m cer­tain these amaz­ing stu­dents will do well in their fu­ture en­deav­ors.”

Com­pet­ing this year were teams from Dixon High School (Dixon Uni­fied School Dis­trict), Ro­driguez High School (Fair­field-Suisun USD), Van­den High School (Travis USD), Jesse Bethel, MIT Academy and Vallejo High School (Vallejo City USD), Maria Car­rillo High School (Santa Rosa City Schools USD), Casa Grande and Pe­taluma High Schools (Pe­taluma City USD), Amer­i­can Canyon High School (Napa Val­ley USD), Davis Se­nior High School (Davis Joint USD), Up­per Lake High School i(Up­per Lake USD), Wil­lits High School (Wil­lits USD), and River City High School in (Washington USD).

“I am thrilled to see this rig­or­ous aca­demic chal­lenge for stu­dents ex­pand to in­clude six coun­ties this year.”

— Lisette Estrella-Hen­der­son, Solano Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools

Van­den High School took first place with 44,643 points; Wil­lits High School came in sec­ond with 40,051 points and Amer­i­can Canyon High School fin­ished third with 38,288 points.

The win­ning school from each county will com­pete at the 43rd Cal­i­for­nia Aca­demic De­cathlon, March 26-29 in Sacra­mento. Schools go­ing to state are Van­den High School, Wil­lits High School, Amer­i­can Canyon High School, Casa Grande High School, Up­per Lake High School and Davis Se­nior High School.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Aca­demic De­cathlon, con­tact Ken Scar­berry at 646-7603 or kscar­[email protected]

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