Etiwanda High School secured a fifth San Bernardino County Academic Decathlon title, beating the defending champion, Redlands High School. The results were announced recently at a virtual awards ceremony for the 38th annual event.

With 44,243.4 points, Etiwanda beat the Terriers, which had 43,108.5 points. It has been two decades since the Eagles last win in 2001 and was even more impressive with first-year coach Ryan Edwards at the helm.

By winning the county title, Etiwanda advances to the state championships which will be held March 25-28 in Sacramento.

The top five schools in order of finish were Etiwanda and Redlands followed by Chaffey (39,363.8 points), Rancho Cucamonga (39,328.2 points) and Chino Hills  (36,052.6 points).

In this year’s county event, 296 individual competitors participated with 36 teams representing 21 high schools. Decathletes were recognized with certificates, trophies and gold, silver or bronze medals.

The academic competition was held virtually between Jan. 13 and Feb. 6. The scholastic contest pitted students against one another in 10 subject areas.

Teams were composed of nine students, three each from grade point average categories of Honors (3.8-4.0 GPA), Scholastic (3.20-3.799 GPA) and Varsity (0.00-3.199 GPA). There were objective tests in the areas of math, economics, science, language/literature, music, art and social science. Students also wrote an essay, faced a panel of interviewers and gave impromptu and prepared speeches.

The first-place team will represent San Bernardino County at the California Academic Decathlon at the end of March. Additional “at-large” teams also will represent the county.

Academic Decathlon 2021 results

  • Theme: “The Cold War”
  • Top five schools, in order of finish:

1. Etiwanda: 44,243.4 points.

2. Redlands High School: 43,108.5

3. Chaffey: 39,363.8 points

4. Rancho Cucamonga: 39,328.2 points

5. Chino Hills, 36,052.6 points

  • Competitions: Essay test, Jan. 13. Speech and interview: Jan. 25 to 29. Objective testing: Feb. 6.

n By the numbers: 296 students on 36 teams from 21 high schools (down from 389 on 43 teams from 25 high schools in 2019-20).

  • Schools

Aquinas High School

Arroyo Valley High School, two teams.

Chaffey High School, four teams.

Chino Hills High School.

Citrus Valley High School.

Cobalt Institute of Math & Science, two teams.

Colony High School, two teams.

Eisenhower High School, two teams.

Etiwanda High School, two teams.

Henry J. Kaiser High School.

Los Osos High School, two teams.

Montclair High School.

Ontario High School.

Rancho Cucamonga High School, two teams.

Redlands East Valley High School.

Redlands High School, three teams.

Rialto High School, three teams.

San Gorgonio High School, two teams.

Summit High School.

Upland High School.

Victor Valley High School.

  • Team composition: Each team is composed of six to nine decathletes with up to three alternates, two or three Honor students (3.80—4.00 GPA), two or three Scholastic students (3.20—3.799 GPA) and two or three Varsity students (0.00—3.199 GPA).
  • Awards: Teams that do not have at least two decathletes in each division (Honor, Scholastic, Varsity) were not eligible for team awards, but students are still eligible for individual awards.