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University High wins Fresno County Academic Decathlon for the seventh time

About 300 students from 24 high schools in Fresno County completed the 36th Annual Fresno County Academic Decathlon on Saturday, as many tackled the Super Quiz and ended the night with an award ceremony at Central High School-East Campus.

The two-weekend long decathlon started Jan. 27 with testing in skills that included speech, ability to conduct and undergo an interview, and essay writing. The Feb. 3 portion of the decathlon included testing in math, social science, science, economics, language and literature, art, and music. The last competition was the Super Quiz, which was the only activity open to the public. All exam questions, except for math, were related to this years theme, which was “Africa.”

“The Super Quiz is one of 10 academic activities that our students participate in,” said Jim Yovino, Fresno County superintendent of schools. “This is kind of like the Super Bowl of decathlon.”

Decathlon teams were made up of 12 students, but for the Super Quiz, up to nine students from each team were picked to compete. The nine students in each team were then divided into three divisions — Varsity, Scholastic and Honor, resulting in each school having three sub-teams in the Super Quiz. Each sub-team had up to three members.

The Super Quiz was divided into three rounds — the first round consisting Varsity students, who were considered as “C” and below students; the second round consisting Scholastic students, who were considered as “B” students; and the third round consisting Honors students, who were considered as “A” students.

A total of 14 questions were asked by the event’s quizmaster, KMPH Fox 26 news anchor Rich Rodriguez, during each round. Students had 10 seconds to correspond with their teammates to answer all non-math related questions and 20 seconds to answer math questions. “These young men and women worked all year long to compete today. This isn’t just a couple of months of practice, they have dedicated an entire year,” Yovino said. “I’m just really proud of our students in Fresno County.”

University High School continued its winning streak by scoring 51,371.0 — scoring 1,716.9 more points than last year. This is their seventh win in the county decathlon. They have also won the National Decathlon small school championship 10 times.

Edison High School fell short 680.5 points less than University, placing second with 50,690.5 points. Bullard High had the third highest score with 41,345.2 points.

Kings, Madera and Tulare counties also completed the decathlon Saturday. Lemoore Middle College High School placed first with 48,618.3 points in Kings County; Yosemite High School placed first in Madera County with 33,039.6 points; and Granite Hills High School placed first in Tulare County.

The winning team from each county will compete in the California State Decathlon from March 22-25 in Sacramento. The state championship team will advance to the National Decathlon in April in Frisco, Texas.

FRESNO COUNTY

Superintendent’s Sweepstake Award: University High, 51,371.0 points

Division 1 winners: First place, University High, 51,371.0 points; second place, Edison High, 50,690.5 points; Bullard High, 41,345.2 points

Division 2 winners: First place, Fowler High, 39,895.1 points; second place, Sanger High, 37,652.2 points; third place, Sunnyside High, 37,131.9 points

Division 3 winners: First place, Firebaugh High, 40,534.9 points; second place, Clovis West High, 37,678.2 points; third placeDuncan Polytechnical, 36,320.9

Division 4 winners: First place, Washington Union, 26,789.2 points; second place, Caruthers High, 25,150.0 points; third place, Cambridge High, 24,771.0 points

Overall winners: First place, University High, 51,371.0 points; second place, Edison High, 50,690.5 points; third place, Bullard High, 41,345.2 points; fourth place, Firebaugh High, 40,534.9 points; fifth place, Fowler High, 39,895.1 points; sixth place, Clovis West High, 37, 678.2 points; seventh place, Sanger High, 37,652.2 points; eighth place, Sunnyside High, 37,131.9; ninth place, Duncan Polytechnical, 36,320.9 points; 10th place, Reedley High, 35,841.9 points.

Most improved team: Duncan Polytechnical

Super Quiz: First place, University High, 5,250.0 points; second place, Edison High and Bullard High, 4,690.0 points; third place, Firebaugh High, 4,410.0 points; forth place, Duncan Polytechnical, 4,340.0 points; fifth place, Fowler High, 4,130.0 points;

Dean’s Medalists (highest scoring students): First place, Madeleine Fischer, Edison High, 9,209.3 points; second place, Daniel Clark, Edison High, 9,066.6; third place, Sumanjit Gill, Edison High, 8,799.4 points.

KINGS COUNTY

Winning decathlon team: Lemoore Middle College High School, 48,618.3 points.

Overall winners: First place, Lemoore Middle College High School, 48618.3 points; second place Lemoore High School, 35,017.2 points; third place,Hanford West High School, 29,611 points; fourth place, Sierra Pacific High School, 27,165.5 points; fifth place, Corcoran High School, 26,661.9 points; sixth place Hanford High School, 21,754.3 points; seventh place, Avenal High School, 10,683.6 points

Top Decathlete: Randen Banuelos, Lemoore Middle College High School, $1,000 scholarship; Top Varsity Student: William Young, Lemoore Middle College High School, $500 scholarship; Top Scholastic Student: Josephine Andrade, Lemoore Middle College High School, $500 scholarship; Top Honors Student: Randen Banuelos, Lemoore Middle College High School, $500 scholarship

Top students from each Academic Decathlon category: Language and Literature, Sara Grever, Hanford West High School; Language and Literature, Randen Banuelos, Lemoore Middle College High School; Music, Randen Banuelos, Lemoore Middle College High School; Science, Randen Banuelos, Lemoore Middle College High School; Art, Sara Grever, Hanford West High School; Mathematics, Christopher Acevedo, Lemoore Middle College High School; Math, Arijeet Grewal, Sierra Pacific High School; Economics, Sara Grever, Hanford West High School; Social Science, Nathalia Desouza, Lemoore Middle College High School; Social Science, Christopher Acevedo, Lemoore Middle College High School; Essay, William Young, Lemoore Middle College High School; Speech, Joseph Ramirez, Lemoore High School; Interview, Ashley Pappilli, Corcoran High School

MADERA COUNTY

Winning decathlon team: Yosemite High School, 33,039.6 points

Overall winners: First place, Yosemite High School, 33,039.6 points; second place Chowchilla High School; third place, Liberty High School

Super Quiz: Madera South High School

Top Decathlete: Caleb Lynch, Chawanakee Academy Charter, 7,747.6 points

Senior honors: Benjamin Johnson, Chawanakee Academy Charter; Anna Nomicos, Chowchilla Union High School; Holly Hiatt, Liberty High School; Jacob Diaz, Madera High School; Alejandra Flores, Madera South High School; Olivia Mattos, Yosemite High School

TULARE COUNTY

Winning decathlon team: Granite Hills High School, Team #2 (Porterville)

Top scoring team, large school category: Granite Hills High School, Team #2 (Porterville)

Top scoring team, small school category: Orosi High School, Team #5 (Orosi)

Super Quiz: Porterville Charter Schools (with students from Butterfield Charter High School and Harmony Magnet Academy)

Top students from each Academic Decathlon category: Art, Ying Yan, El Diamante High School (Visalia); Economics, Ryan Cometa, Porterville Charter Schools; Literature, Mae Vercnocke, Porterville Charter Schools; Math, Ryan Cometa, Porterville Charter Schools; Music, William Lancaster, El Diamante High School (Visalia); Science, Meera Kashyap, Porterville Charter Schools; Social Science, Ying Yan, El Diamante High School (Visalia); Essay, Ethan Jarocki, El Diamante High School (Visalia); Interview, Mackinzie Thomason, Granite Hills High School (Porterville); Speech, Denise Rodriguez, Granite Hills High School (Porterville)

Top students by division: Honors, Ying Yan, El Diamante High School (Visalia); Scholastic, Alyza Boriphanvichitr, El Diamante High School (Visalia); Varsity, Gwenyth English, Granite Hills High School (Porterville)

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