Academic Decathlon results announced  

Stockdale High School received the Claude W. Richardson perpetual trophy as the overall team winner of the 38th annual Kern County Academic Decathlon on Feb. 2 at Mira Monte High School. Nearly 200 students from 18 high schools participated. Stockdale will represent Kern County in the California Academic Decathlon scheduled for next month in Sacramento.

Rounding out the top ten teams were:

Second place —Bakersfield High School
Third place — Arvin High School
Fourth place — Wasco Union High School
Fifth place — Bakersfield Christian High School
Sixth place — Frontier High School
Seventh place — Highland High School
Eight place — Independence High School
Ninth place — Garces Memorial High School
Tenth place — California City High School

Each school’s team consisted of a maximum of nine students: three “A” (honor), three “B” (scholastic) and three “C” (varsity) entrants. They competed against other students in the same divisions. The team compiling the most points captured first place. Individual medals were also awarded to first, second and third place finishers in each category and division.

The Academic Decathlon is made up of 10 events including Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science and Speech.

A Super Quiz is also conducted. It’s a pressure-packed 90-minutes of excitement, run like a TV quiz show. Teams have seven seconds to answer each question. Running totals are displayed on large, visible flip cards, bringing about enthusiastic reactions from the audience. Stockdale High School won the Super Quiz.

Overall individual top scores in this year’s Academic Decathlon went to:

Honors Division
1st place — Emma Fox
2nd place — Nicole Chang
3rd place — Daniel Liu

Scholastic Division
1st place — Caleb Carr
2nd place — Jann Waldo
3rd place — Matthew Kidwell

Varsity Division
1st place — Robert Marentes
2nd place — Erik Ramirez
3rd place — William Brown