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 Hilltop High School Wins 27th Annual San Diego County Academic Decathlon

​Hilltop High School was recently crowned as San Diego County’s Academic Decathlon Champion at the 27th annual Decathlon awards ceremony at the University of San Diego.

Defeating reigning Decathlon champions, Southwest High also of the Sweetwater Union High School District, Hilltop High lead this year’s competition by a triumphant sweep. Known as one of the Decathlon’s underdog teams, Hilltop High dominated the Super Quiz event the day of the Academic Decathlon, held Saturday, February 7, 2009. The Super Quiz is the final Decathlon event, a College-Bowl type competition in which students compete as teams.

Placing 9th in last year’s competition, Hilltop High has moved up in the ranks. “Our team is extremely excited about this win,” said John Nascimento, second year as Decathlon coach at Hilltop High. “I am very proud of my students. This win is a return to glory for our school. We’ve received a lot of regard from our school principal, staff and students and hope that it will propel into an annual win for Hilltop High next year.”

More than 150 students from 17 local high schools took part in the February 7 competition, which was conducted for the second year at Sweetwater High School in National City. Hilltop High edged out Academy of Our Lady of Peace for the winning title, with Southwest High finishing third. The entire top ten was:

1. Hilltop High, Sweetwater Union High District
2. Academy of Our Lady of Peace, parochial
3. Southwest High, Sweetwater Union High District
4. Scripps Ranch High, San Diego Unified
5. Sweetwater High, Sweetwater UHSD
6. Eastlake High, Sweetwater UHSD
7. Mar Vista High, Sweetwater UHSD
8. St. Augustine, parochial
9. Fallbrook High, Fallbrook Union HSD
10. Bonita Vista High, Sweetwater UHSD


County Superintendent Randy Ward, Jerry R. Rindone, South County’s representative on the County Board of Education, and John Witt, San Diego City's representative on the County Board of Education attended the USD awards program and commended all the participating students and their teachers and parents.

Hilltop High will now represent San Diego County in the California Academic Decathlon Championship, to be held March 13-16, 2009 in Sacramento. The national competition is April 22-25, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee.