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Vista del Lago H.S. Wins 2021 County Academic Decathlon

Annual Competition Conducted Online Due to COVID-19

Vista del Lago High School students

Students from the winning Vista del Lago High School team competed online during this year’s Academic Decathlon.

Vista del Lago High School, from the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, was announced last Friday evening as the winner of the 2021 Sacramento County Academic Decathlon competition. This is the first time the school has won the countywide competition, which was conducted online by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) over the past few weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions. The announcement of the results was made during an online award ceremony. SAFE Credit Union is providing $10,000 in scholarships this year to be distributed among the top-scoring students.

To prepare for the academic competition, students devoted months of study to this year’s theme: The Cold War. The Decathlon normally culminates with a “Super Quiz,” held in a high school gym, with teams competing in front of a large audience that cheers them on. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, that was not possible this year, so testing, speeches, and interviews were conducted online.

The Vista del Lago team will now advance to the statewide California Academic Decathlon, which will be held in March (dates to be determined). The winning California team moves on to the national competition.

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Rankings and Results

Top-Scoring Teams

  • 1st Place: Vista del Lago High School (Folsom Cordova USD)
  • 2nd Place: Bella Vista High School (San Juan USD)
  • 3rd Place: Folsom High School (Folsom Cordova USD)
  • 4th Place: Pleasant Grove High School (Elk Grove USD)
  • 5th Place: Christian Brothers High School (Diocese of Sacramento)

Other Participating Schools

  • C.K. McClatchy High School (Sacramento City USD)
  • El Camino High School (San Juan USD)
  • Elk Grove High School (Elk Grove USD)
  • Mira Loma High School (San Juan USD)
  • Sheldon High School (Elk Grove USD)
  • St. Francis High School (Diocese of Sacramento)

Team Results