Two PYLUSD High Schools Win First Place in Orange County’s Academic Decathlon

Valencia High School took first place in Division I and Esperanza finished first in Division 2. El Dorado High School placed 10th in Division 1.Thirty-eight high schools from across Orange County competed in three divisions. Divisions are based on the average team scores from the two previous years.

The Orange County Academic Decathlon is a 10-event scholastic competition. Over three days, teams from Orange County public and private high schools compete in timed tests in math, economics, language and literature, science, music, art, social science, speech, interview, and essay.

This is the third time in six years that Valencia High School has won the coveted title in the toughest of the three divisions. In 2009 and 2012, the team also won the county championship. As Orange County champions in Division I, Valencia’s team now advances to State competition which will take place in mid-March. This is the sixth year in a row that El Dorado has placed in the top ten of Division 1.

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District has proven to field powerhouse teams. In 2011, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District was the only school district in Orange County with three schools among the 10-highest scoring schools in the entire county.

The Academic Decathlon program was started in Orange County 45 years ago and is now the premiere scholastic competition in the country. Winners were announced last night.

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