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 Olympian Wins 2nd Straight Academic Decathlon, Topping South County Rivals Hilltop, Sweetwater

​Olympian High in the Sweetwater Union High School District has won the San Diego County Academic Decathlon championship for the second consecutive year.

Olympian was crowned February 17 at the 29th annual Decathlon awards banquet at the Sheraton Hotel Mission Valley. Finishing second and third were Olympian’s South County rivals, Hilltop and Sweetwater High Schools, completing a sweep of the top three spots by schools from the Sweetwater Union High School District.

Top Finishers in the 2011 San Diego County Academic Decathlon

1. Olympian High, Sweetwater Union High District
2. Hilltop High, Sweetwater Union High District
3. Sweetwater High, Sweetwater UHSD
4. Fallbrook High, Fallbrook Union HSD
5. Academy of Our Lady of Peace, parochial
6. Southwest High, Sweetwater UHSD
7. San Ysidro High, Sweetwater UHSD
8. Bonita Vista High, Sweetwater UHSD
9. Mar Vista High, Sweetwater UHSD
10. Otay Ranch High, Sweetwater UHSD

Parents and teammates cheered enthusiastically as the Olympian students were honored at the February 17 banquet. Olympian, which is located in Chula Vista, has now won the Decathlon in each of the two years the school has entered the competition.

In all, more than 145 students from 19 local high schools took part in the February 5 competition, which coincidentally was conducted at Olympian. This year’s Decathlon topic was the Great Depression.

“After the loss of six great seniors last year, our team proved that they truly are overachievers,” said Olympian’s coach, Ken Boulton. “This year the challenge was greater with eight underclassmen, but our team earned the honor this evening, it wasn’t given to them.” Boulton is the most successful coach in local Decathlon history, having led Southwest High to five consecutive wins and before starting his new streak at Olympian.

For the second time in the competition’s history, with the tremendous support of local business and community leaders, SDCOE was able to honor students, coaches and family members with an awards banquet and ceremony befitting their academic successes and dedication.

The awards ceremony was made possible due to the generous contributions of the following sponsors: Mission Federal Credit Union, Bridgepoint Education, Computers 2 San Diego Kids, Ecology Auto Parts, Otay Land Company, Corky McMillin Companies, and South Bay Expressway. The Decathlon’s long-time sponsor, Mission Federal Credit Union, is celebrating 50 years of support for the San Diego educational community.