Solano high school students give their all in Academic Decathlon – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

Super Bowl Sunday has finally arrived.

But throughout the day Saturday at Solano Community College, high school students from across the region gathered to take part in a Super Bowl of a different sort as 14 teams and 255 total participants took part in the North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon Super Quiz.

As mistress of ceremonies and Solano County superintendent of schools, Lisette Estrella-Henderson told the gathered competitors, “This is the real Super Bowl.”

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High school Super Quiz coming to Solano College – Daily Republic

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High school students from Solano, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties will compete in the North Bay Academic Decathlon Super Quiz Regional Competition with the goal of qualifying for the state event.

The Solano County Office of Education is hosting the Super Quiz portion of the decathlon starting at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Solano Community College gymnasium.

Among the subjects about which the students’ knowledge will be tested during the decathlon are art, music, language and literature, math, economics, science and social science. Additionally, there are communication tests that require writing an essay, delivering a prepared and an impromptu speech, and an interview.

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Vanden High Academic Decathlon team surges toward state finals – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

One of the most difficult things to do at Vanden High School is locating the teammates that make up the school’s most dominant, successful team.

They aren’t in the gym. They aren’t out on the field and they almost certainly aren’t in the weight room.

Unlike their counterparts in basketball, football, soccer and other sports, the extracurricular break from schoolwork the members of the school’s Academic Decathlon team take involves yet more schooling.

Vanden’s Academic Decathlon team is heading to the state championships Friday and Saturday in Sacramento, a trip the team has made for 14 consecutive years, bringing home a championship on three of those occasions.

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It takes a village to raise high expectations – Daily Republic

By Mayrene Bates

February and March are exciting times for many students, educators, parents, volunteers and sponsors.

If you’re thinking Academic Decathlon, you’re absolutely right. While the Academic Decathlon is a competitive event modeled after the Greek Olympics that focused on physical strength, the Academic Decathlon focuses on academic achievement and honors “athletes of the mind.”

The competitions include tests in art, music, language and literature, mathematics, economics, science and social science. In addition, there are communication tests that include the writing of an essay, the delivery of a prepared speech and an interview.

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Vanden to represent Solano County at state academic decathlon – The Reporter

Vanden High School will respresent Solano County at the California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento next month.

The school’s decathlon team won the post during last weekend’s 2015 North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon.

In addition to Vanden, Casa Grande High School will represent Sonoma County, St. Helena High School will represent Napa County, and River City High School will represent Yolo County at the state competition on March 19.

The second and final day of the North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon was held on February 7 at Solano Community College in Suisun. While addressing students and families, Solano County Superintendent of Schools Jay Speck said, “Communication, critical thinking, and collaboration have always been important skills and are critical to the success of our youth. Through hard work and dedication, the students in this competition have developed skills that will last them a lifetime.”

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Vanden decathletes share how program changes lives – Daily Republic

By Mayrene Bates

The best part of being a school board trustee is visiting as many schools and programs as possible throughout the year.

Long before I became a school board trustee, I followed the Vanden High School Academic Decathlon team and their outstanding coach, David Kenyon. Vanden has been a top decathlon winner for approximately 13 years. Academic Decathlon programs in Solano County, in contrast to some of the award-winning ones out of Southern California, run on very limited budgets. It’s probably why not all of our high schools participate in the program.

It’s really a year-round endeavor, as Kenyon and the Vanden team well know, if you expect to be competitive with other counties throughout the state. The regional competition for our area occurs in late January in Fairfield, and the state competition in March in Sacramento. I know for sure that Kenyon has already planned some summer study sessions.

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