By Ian Hanigan
Woodbridge High School has taken first place in Division 2 of the 35th annual California Academic Decathlon.
A total of 565 students representing 65 schools competed in the state contest, which was held March 21 and March 22 in Sacramento, and Woodbridge finished 13th overall, besting all other Orange County teams in addition to its Division 2 counterparts.
“All of our team members performed very well, achieved personal goals, and contributed to the team’s success,” said English teacher Shan Wu, who coordinated the Warriors along with retired science teacher Mike Nakaue. “The team has been preparing since last June, and their championship is a testament to the sacrifice, diligence and maturity of this great group of kids. They definitely deserve every award and accolade they’ve earned.”
Academic Decathlons are 10-event scholastic contests staged at the county, state and national levels, and the rules are pretty consistent. Nine-member teams battle for the highest scores on multiple-choice exams, speeches, interviews and essay assignments.
Each squad must include three “Honor” students (those with GPAs of 3.75 or above), three “Scholastic” students (GPAs of 3.00 to 3.74) and three “Varsity” students (GPAs of 2.99 or below). The event culminates with the lightning-quick Super Quiz Relay, which is held …read more
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