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Bella Vista High School Wins Academic Decathlon

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Bella Vista High School, from the San Juan Unified School District, is the winner of the 2014 Sacramento County Academic Decathlon competition. The team now advances to the State Finals, which will be held in March 20-23, 2014 in Sacramento.

Folsom High School (Folsom Cordova Unified School District) finished second in the local competition and Pleasant Grove High School (Elk Grove Unified School District) placed third.

Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon announced individual and team winners of the 34th Annual Sacramento County Academic Decathlon, held February 1 at Inderkum High School. The top scorers were honored February 4 at an awards banquet presented by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) at the CSU Sacramento University Union Ballroom.

Twenty-six high schools in Sacramento County competed February 1 in written and oral exams at Inderkum High School, in the Natomas Unified School District. To prepare for the Academic Decathlon, students devoted months of study to the 2014 theme: "World War I." Students competed for awards in 10 demanding categories: economics, art, science, social science, language/literature, mathematics, music, essay, interview, and speech.

Students received gold, silver or bronze medals for their efforts.

The three top-scoring teams in Sacramento County are:

    * 1st Place: Bella Vista High School (San Juan Unified)
    * 2nd Place: Folsom High School (Folsom Cordova Unified)
    * 3rd Place: Pleasant Grove High School (Elk Grove Unified)
    * 4th Place: Monterey Trail High School (Elk Grove Unified)
    * 5th Place: Del Campo High School (San Juan Unified)

The school with the "most improved" score from the prior year is Monterey Trail High School, from the Elk Grove Unified School District.

SAFE Credit Union provided $10,000 in scholarships to be distributed among top-scoring students.

California's winning team advances to the U.S. Academic Decathlon in April 24-26 in Honolulu, Hawaii.