Stockdale High School was named Academic Decathlon champs for the second straight year; BHS places second
Stockdale High School Student Mohammed Aldamty was the top point getter in the Varsity Division during the 2014 Academic Decathlon.
Stockdale High School received the Claude W. Richardson perpetual trophy as the overall team winner of the 34th annual Kern County Academic Decathlon today at Bakersfield High School. Stockdale High also won last year’s competition. Nearly 200 students from 19 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 — Wasco High School
Fourth place — Cesar E. Chavez High School
Fifth place — Frontier High School
Six place — Arvin High School
Seventh place — Liberty High School
Eight place — Highland High School
Ninth place — Foothill High School
Tenth place — Bakersfield Christian 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. Bakersfield High School won the Super Quiz.
Overall individual top scores in this year’s Academic Decathlon went to:
1st place — Hannah Chang / Bakersfield High
2nd place — Patrick Crowley / Bakersfield High
3rd place — Jacqueline Staiger / Stockdale High
1st place — Andrew Tiernan / Stockdale High
2nd place — Michael Blanchard / Wasco High
3rd place — Jeromie Agbalog / Stockdale High
1st place — Mohammed Aldamty / Stockdale High
2nd place — Aaron Blazer / Bakersfield High
3rd place — Rebekah Vallejo / Stockdale High