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Winners announced for 2020 Ventura County Academic Decathlon

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The Calabasas High School Academic Decathlon A team who tied for first place with the high school's B team.

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - The Ventura County Office of Education announced the winners of the 2020 Ventura County Academic Decathlon on Monday.

The Academic Decathlon took place at Pacifica High School in Oxnard over the past two Saturdays. The theme of this year's competition was "In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness."

Calabasas High School's A and B teams tied for first, La Reina High School's A team won second place and Westlake High School's A team placed third in the overall competition.

This is the fourth year in a row that Calabasas High School has won the Ventura County Academic Decathlon. Calabasas will now advance to the state Academic Decathlon which will be held in March in Sacramento.

The Ventura County Academic Decathlon is an opportunity for high school students from around the county to compete in ten academic events involving subjects from art to economics. The winner of the statewide competition moves on to the nationals.

The Office of Education said teams from Ventura County have made it to the nationals six times, placing second in 2000 and 2002, and taking first place in 1999, 2003, 2008 and 2009. A list of past winners is available here

Below is a list of the students from Calabasas High School Academic Decathlon Team A:

  • Coach: Tyler Lee
  • Richard Dragomirescu-Antonescu
  • Bella Echols
  • Nura Esmailizadeh
  • Benjamin Ford
  • Emma Hakkakzadeh
  • Salman Jaberi
  • Zainab Jamali
  • Kyle Lev

Students from 15 local high schools competed in the decathlon the year.

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Jessica Brest

Jessica Brest is a digital journalist and assignment editor at KEYT | KCOY | KKFX.