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Academic Decathlon takes fifth consecutive Placer County title

DAN GUNKO

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Roseville High School’s Academic Decathlon team nabbed first place for Placer County for the 5th consecutive year in Sacramento’s annual competition.

“It was amazing.  I didn’t actually know that it was the fifth year. I was just going in focusing on competing with Western Sierra and Rocklin,” Academic Decathlete Alexx Doolittle said. “And it was amazing to know that we did so well.”

The RHS team edged out its biggest competition, Western Sierra, by a little over 2,000 points.

“When the person was announcing that Western Sierra, our competition, got 35,000, we were super shocked because that was such a high score,” Doolittle said. “And when they said we Roseville got 37,000, we were just in shock.”

37,180.6 points broke Roseville’s own highest record by 11.5 points, while individuals records were broken in the process. Sophomore Kaitlyn Ang was the biggest contributor on the team, beating out former academic decathlete Robbie Short with the highest points scored by an individual on Roseville’s team, ever.  

“I’m really happy about that and I’m really proud. Especially since I didn’t think I would do that good, but I guess I’m a better guesser than I thought,” Ang said. “And I put in a lot more effort and it definitely showed.”

Ang looks forward to what’s to come in future AcaDeca competitions through her high school career.

“It’s going to be interesting because I know that a lot of people will be leaving because most of them are seniors,” Ang said. “So that’s going to be interesting, but it will be a new topic and I’ll have gotten more experience through this process. And  I actually hope that  my sister joins Academic Decathlon next year too, so that we can do it together.”

The Academic Decathlon team next competes in the state competition in Sacramento on March 23-26.

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