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 R. B. Tops Parker To Take 2009 San Diego County Academic League Championship

​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 announcer.