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Folsom High wins annual county Academic Decathlon

Folsom High School is the winner of the 2018 Sacramento County Academic Decathlon competition! The team now advances to the State Finals, which will be held March 23–24 in Sacramento. California’s winning team advances to the U.S. Academic DecathlonApril 19–21 in Frisco, Texas.

Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon announced individual and team winners of the 38th Annual Sacramento County Academic Decathlon (held February 3 at Inderkum High School) at an awards ceremony last night. The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) honored top scorers at the Citrus Heights Community Center where Kevin Riggs, Randall Communications Senior Vice President, was the emcee.

SAFE Credit Union provided $10,000 in scholarships, which were distributed among top-scoring students. SAFE CEO David Roughton and Chairman Terrance Tremelling were on hand to personally congratulate all participants.

Folsom High’s team achieved its all-time high score of 50,743 points. Here are individual results from the team:

Anish Adoni: Speech – gold; Art – bronze; Music – gold; Math – gold; Economics – silver; Literature – gold; Science – gold; Super Quiz – silver; Super Decathlete – GOLD
Pardhu Konakanchi: Speech – silver; Art – gold; Music –silver; Math – bronze; Science – silver; Super Quiz – silver; Super Decathlete – SILVER
Prateek Sane: Music – bronze; Science – bronze; Super Quiz – gold
Lester Espinosa: Science – bronze; Super Quiz - bronze
Sean Kniznik: Art – gold; Music – gold; Math – silver; Social Science – gold; Economics – silver; Science – gold; Super Decathlete – GOLD
Evan Shong: Super Quiz - gold
Tiffany Arroyo: Art – bronze; Music – gold; Super Quiz – gold; Super Decathlete - BRONZE
Brayden Gardener: Speech – silver; Interview – gold; Music – bronze; Math – bronze; Social Science – silver; Economics – silver; Literature – bronze; Super Quiz – gold; Super Decathlete – SILVER
Esther Thomas: Super Quiz - gold

Students scoring in the top 10 of all additional competitors:
Christian Sardar – 10th
Mohit Sridhar – 8th
Narayan Ashwini – 7th
Aisha Adoni – 6th
Rithwik Ediga Lakhamsani – 2nd
Lydia Juline – 1st

Hundreds of Sacramento County high school students, along with students from Placer County, competed in this year’s County Academic Decathlon. A total of 23 teams participated, including three from Placer County. The Placer County teams competed amongst themselves and were scored separately.

To prepare for the Decathlon, students devoted months of study to the 2018 theme: “Africa.” Students competed for awards in 10 demanding categories: economics, art, science, social science, language/literature, mathematics, music, essay, interview, and speech. Questions at the Super Quiz, held in front of hundreds of cheering fans, were posed by KTXL Fox 40 morning host Paul Robins.

Each Decathlon team is comprised of nine high school students—three with “A” grade averages, three with “B” averages, and three with “C” averages—who compete against those with the same grade point average. Coaches are local high school teachers. Decathletes not only improve their academic achievement, they learn about teamwork, goal-setting, planning, and leadership.