■ Alex Cass / Contributed
For the past 18 years, a Hemet Unified school has represented Riverside County in the state competition for Academic Decathlon. This year, Hemet Unified will have two schools advancing to the state level.
After the two Saturday competitions, Lake Elsinore High School won the first place trophy at the county level competition. However, due to the high scores of West Valley High School (second place) and Hemet High School (third place) they will also advance to the state competition. The three teams will represent Riverside County in Sacramento on March 23-26.
Lake Elsinore may have won first place in the overall competition, but many accomplishments were made by the Hemet schools. West Valley High School won first place in the Super Quiz, which was the only public part of the competition, and West Valley team member Elisha Dayag was the top individual scorer. In fact, Elisha’s score (9,414.8) is a nationally ranked score, ranking him in the fifth spot for 2017 and sixteenth overall since 1968 when team members were tested individually.
Overall team scores are calculated by taking the top two scores in each category: Honors (GPA 3.75-4.00), Scholastic (GPA 3.00-3.74), and Varsity (0.00-2.99). West Valley’s final score was 46, 209.1 and Hemet High’s was 44, 025.6.
Congratulations to the West Valley and Hemet High School’s Academic Decathlon teams; we wish you the best of luck at the state competition.
Christine Wong Hayes