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Elsinore High School Wins Riverside County Academic Decathlon

BEAUMONTElsinore High School has won First Place in the 34th Annual County Academic Decathlon, breaking an 18-year stronghold over Hemet and West Valley High Schools. For years, EHS teams have consistently finished third and second place, holding their own, but resolved to be the best next time.

“In my twelfth year of coaching we finally got it done. I am so proud of this team,” said EHS teacher Ryan Klopp. “This year’s team worked the most ambitious calendar I’ve ever demanded. My students never complained about the commitment and sacrifice—even asking for more work—I am in awe of this special group!”

Stan Crippen, LEUSD Board of Trustees Clerk, praised the team and Mr. Klopp’s guidance, “Very few coaches get the opportunity to win ‘CIF’ and you have accomplished it. Do not underestimate the influence that a powerful teacher and coach has. The team did the work, but you lit the fuse and sustained it. We are proud and grateful for the entire team and you.”

Related team accomplishments include setting the Riverside County 10 event total score record by over 1000 points, and breaking the EHS school record by 1800 points. Though EHS came in second in the Super Quiz, the team set a new EHS medal record count: eight out of nine members won at least one medal and several multiple awards. Based on scores in written competition, individual medals are awarded in the categories of mathematics, economics, art, music, literature, science, social science, and the Super Quiz. A team roster and medalist list is below.

According to event sponsor Riverside County Office of Education, twenty-two high school teams competed in the final round of the 34th Academic Decathlon held at Beaumont High School. West Valley took second and Hemet High finished third. Elsinore High will represent Riverside County at the California Academic Decathlon to be held in Sacramento on March 23-26, 2017.

The 2017 EHS Academic Decathlon team:

  • Shayan Khan
  • Elias Alvarez
  • Cameron Kendall
  • Stevie Sandy
  • Nicole Mayhew
  • Gwen Howell
  • Erick Aragon
  • Desirre Rodriguez
  • Joseph Armato

Individual Accomplishments:

Honors Division (GPA above 3.75)

Shayan Khan, set EHS school record with 8,989.8 points out of 10,000, an unprecedented score!

  • Bronze Medals in Interview and Science
  • Silver Medals in Music, Literature, and Social Science
  • Gold Medals in Economics and Art

Elias Alvarez

  • Bronze Medals in Math, Economics, and Social Science
  • Silver Medal in Interview

Scholastic Division (GPA 3.0-3.74)

Stevie Sandy, won medals in 9 out of 10 events which is a record for EHS!

  • Bronze Medal in Essay
  • Silver Medals in Music, Art, and Social Science
  • Gold Medals in Interview, Math, Science, Economics, and Speech

Nicole Mayhew

  • Bronze Medals in Music, Science, Economics, and Social Science
  • Silver Medals in Math, Art, and Essay
  • Gold Medal in Literature

Gwen Howell

  • Gold Medals in Art and Social Science

Varsity Division (GPA below 3.0)

Erick Aragon

  • Bronze Medal in Social Science
  • Gold Medals in Math and Art

Desirre Rodriguez

  • Bronze Medals in Essay and Math

Joseph Armato

  • Bronze Medals in Music and Economics
  • Gold Medal in Math
Photo credit: Courtesy, Rodrigo Pena Photography & Riverside County Office of Education
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