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High-Energy Academic Competition Continues
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San Joaquin County high school students, including students from Escalon, will compete in the 38th Annual San Joaquin County Academic Decathlon Championship this weekend. The 2019 theme is The Sixties. Super Quiz event and awards ceremony are open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 2 in Lathrop. Competition started on Jan. 26 with the interview and speech contests, which were closed to the public. 

On Saturday, Feb. 2 in the Lathrop High School Large Gym, 647 Spartan Way, Lathrop, the competition continues.

Objective tests in art, economics, language/literature, math, music, social science, and science will be hosted for students in a closed event. At 2 p.m. the Super Quiz begins; that event is open to the public. Following the Super Quiz will be the awards ceremony, approximately 3:30 p.m., and that is also open to the public.

Twelve San Joaquin County high schools: Escalon, Lathrop, Lincoln, Manteca, McNair, Middle College, Tracy, Merrill F. West, Millennium, Mountain House, and Sierra high schools are competing, as well as Stockton Early College Academy.

The winning team is invited to attend the State Academic Decathlon Championship held in Sacramento March 21 through 24 with all fees paid by the SJCOE Educational Foundation. Other awards include $5,000 renewable tuition scholarships to the University of the Pacific, cash awards provided by the SJCOE Educational Foundation, a $1,000 award to the top overall scorer provided by the Premier Community Credit Union and the SJCOE Educational Foundation in honor of Walt Rathhaus, medals and plaques, and the Dave Sorgent Championship Award.

San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) provides educational leadership, resources, and services to support schools throughout the county. For more information, visit