For the fourth year in a row, Southwest High School in the Sweetwater Union High School District has won the San Diego County Academic Decathlon. Hilltop High in the Sweetwater district came in second place and San Dieguito Academy in the San Dieguito Union High School District came in third.
It was the seventh consecutive year that a South County high school has won the prestigious competition. Not surprisingly, the recent Decathlon award reception at Eastlake High School was a joyous event for Southwest's coaches, parents and students. Southwest High, located near the International Border, has prompted talk of an academic dynasty.
"I'm really proud of the mettle our players demonstrated in winning this year's Decathlon,"said, Southwest coach Ken Boulton. "They were confronted with an immense challenge and met it head on. Our fourth title, and scoring over 41,000 points for three consecutive years, reveals two things: Southwest is the best program ever in South Bay history, and one of the best ever in San Diego County."
Southwest High will now proceed to represent San Diego County at the California State competition April 26-29 in Los Angeles.
Awards at the Eastlake reception were given to the top schools and top three A (Honors), B (Scholastic) and C (Varsity) students in each of the Decathlon's 10 events. A highlight of the reception was Southwest's Martin Diaz presentation of his winning speech "It's a Jungle Out There."
The 24th annual competition was held Saturday February 4 at Westview High School in Rancho Penasquitos. The 10 academic events were: art, language and literature, math, economics, science, music, speech, interview, essay writing and the super quiz.
The San Diego County Office of Education coordinates the Academic Decathlon. The major sponsors were Mission Federal Credit Union, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of San Diego and Albertsons Highland Village.