For three consecutive years, Hilltop High School in the Sweetwater Union High School District has won the annual San Diego County Academic Decathlon. In the 20th Annual local Decathlon, Hilltop defeated San Dieguito Academy in the San Dieguito Union High School District and Granite Hills in the Grossmont Union High School District which captured second and third respectively.
The competition was held at Steele Canyon High School February 4. School totals and individual student champions were announced at a special awards reception ceremony sponsored by Mission Federal Credit Union on February 7 at Sea World.
The winning team in the Small School Division (schools with less than 700 students) was the Academy of Our Lady of Peace.
The Hilltop victory ended a day of intense competition among 27 San Diego County public and private high schools. The Academy Decathlon capped weeks of study, practice, and coaching at each competing school.
Each school was allowed a nine-member team to the daylong competition. The teams competed in ten academic events: multiple-choice tests in music, art, language and literature, mathematics, economic, science, and Super Quiz; three communications tests (a written essay, a prepared and an impromptu speech, and an oral interview.) This year's theme was Understanding Others.... Communications: The Internet and Society.
The Academic Decathlon rewards those students with varied, but well-rounded academic backgrounds. Each team consists of three students with "A" averages (Honors), three students with "B" averages (Scholastic), and three students with "C" averages (Varsity.)
Hilltop will represent San Diego County in the State Academic Decathlon on March 22-24 in Modesto. The Hilltop team is coaches by Virginia Martinez. Team members are Neil Chua, Kristin Krogh, Donald Diaz, Sarah Douglas, Steve Rowe, Monica Muller, Kyle Mathews, Lor Collin, and Moises Lara.
The Academic Decathlon is coordinated by the San Diego County Office of Education. Major corporate funding was provided by Mission Federal Credit Union and Sea World San Diego.