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Folsom H.S. Wins 2023 County Academic Decathlon

Medals Awarded to Local Students for 43rd Annual Competition

Folsom HS team with banner and trophy

The winning Folsom High School team receives the perpetual trophy and a champion pennant to display at their school.

At an awards ceremony held February 8, Folsom High School, from the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, was announced as the winner of the 2023 Sacramento County Academic Decathlon. The Folsom team will now advance to the California Academic Decathlon, being held in Santa Clara next month. Folsom also won last year’s county competition.

Eleven teams from Sacramento County competed. Three teams from Placer County also participated but were scored separately. To prepare for the academic competition, students devoted months of study to this year’s theme: “The American Revolution and the New Nation.”

During the evening awards ceremony, held at the Citrus Heights Community Center, SAFE Credit Union CEO Faye Nabhani and Board Chairman Terry Tremelling awarded college scholarships to the top-scoring students. A long-standing Academic Decathlon sponsor, SAFE Credit Union generously donated $10,000 in scholarships for top-scoring students, plus $5,000 to support the County Decathlon program. Media relations expert Kevin Riggs, a respected former KCRA journalist and political analyst, was the emcee for the evening.

The high score earned by Bella Vista High School (San Juan USD) will also allow them to compete in the state competition. The winning California team will advance to the U.S. Academic Decathlon in Frisco, Texas in April.

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Rankings and Results

Top-Scoring Teams

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

Team Results

Meadow Castaneda and Craig Irish

Coordinator Craig Irish (right) presents a copy of the 2023 poster to the winner of the Academic Decathlon art competition, Meadow Castaneda from Vista del Lago High School, whose artwork helped publicize the competition.

Terry Tremelling, Faye Nabhani, and Dave Gordon

Superintendent Gordon (right) presents a framed event poster to SAFE Credit Union Board Chairman Terry Tremelling and CEO Faye Nabhani.

Sponsored by SAFE Credit Union

SAFE Credit Union donated $10,000 in scholarships for top-scoring students, plus $5,000 to cover program costs.