Oak Ridge High School Wins 2018 Academic Decathlon

Oak Ridge High School Wins 2018 Academic Decathlon

00:00 AM - February 15, 2018

Oak Ridge High Schools Academic Decathlon team with their coach, Jeff Hassian, and principal Aaron Palm

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, Oak Ridge High School took first place as a team during this year’s Academic Decathlon, held at Union Mine High School. The Academic Decathlon provides academic competitions that promote learning and academic excellence through teamwork. The program includes students of all academic abilities and achievement levels. Students are tested in the areas of art, economics, essay, interview, literature, math, music, science, social science, and speech, and it’s capped off with a Super Quiz — the highlight of the decathlon, where the public is invited to attend. Five school teams competed this year – Ponderosa High School, Union Mine High School, El Dorado High School, Oak Ridge High School, and Nevada County's Ghidotti Early College High School.

Top Decathlete - James Yoon, Oak Ridge High School

Top Alternate - Nathan Vardas, Oak Ridge High School

Top Speech - Colin McBride – Oak Ridge High School

Top Essay - Robyn Hood –  Ponderosa High School

“Every year this program showcases a solid foundation of commitment, consistency, dedication and teamwork. I would like to thank the students, educators, staff and community leaders who make this a cornerstone event for El Dorado County.”  -  Dr. Ed Manansala, County Superintendent of Schools

Funding for the El Dorado County Academic Decathlon comes from community sponsors and the El Dorado Union High School District. EDCOE funds a part-time program assistant and provides technical support.

This county program has been successful for over 30 years due to the efforts of over 150 volunteers serving in various capacities: speech and interview judges, testing proctors, computer programmer, registrar or master of ceremonies. Contributions of time or any dollar amount are gratefully accepted.