Rancho Bernardo High School dominated the battle of the brains, winning
the 2009 San Diego County Academic League Championship with a 109-53
victory over Francis Parker High.
“My students did all the work themselves,” said Yvonne Eibeck, RB High
Coach, moments after the match, which was televised live on the County
Office of Education’s ITV Ch. 16. “They worked very hard on their own,
and I’m very impressed by their success.”
Prior to the championship, RB topped Granite Hills High in one
semi-final match, and Parker beat long-time South County academic power
Southwest High to set the stage for the title match.
“We came in undefeated in the North County region,” said Eibeck. “Today my students proved that hard work pays off.”
Replays of the championship will air on ITV Ch. 16 June 6 at 10 a.m., and June 7 at 2 p.m.
Rancho Bernardo’s score was believed to be the highest ever in Academic
League championship history. “This is the first time this has ever
happened in all my years with ITV,” said Richard Harrison, ITV Ch. 16’s
longtime Production & Programming Manager. “These kids are amazing!”
Not surprisingly, Rancho Bernardo’s five starters each have glowing
academic credentials. Team captain Anurag Kashyap, a senior, will attend
MIT in the Fall. Kashyap was the 2004 and 2005 San Diego County
Spelling Bee Champion and 2005 National Spelling Bee Champion. He also
coached RB’s freshman Academic League team to an undefeated season.
The rest of the team, all seniors, are heading to elite universities as
well. Oleg Stens will attend Brown University and recently interned at
Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Alex Chang will attend Georgetown
University, Zhoa Zhang will attend Harvard University, and Andy Leu will
attend Yale University.
All four semi-finalist schools competed over the course of eight
consecutive weeks to earn a place in the Final Four. Questions in the
popular competition come from math, science, history and literature.
Using the fast-paced format of toss-up questions and immediate answers,
Academic League not only matches extremely bright students, but forces
them to compete against the clock as well.
County Superintendent Randy Ward and County Board of Education member
Jerry R. Rindone presented both Rancho Bernardo and Francis Parker with
trophies. Former County Teacher of the Year Mark Heinze served as
moderator and former radio and television professional Clark Anthony as