Yosemite High School took the Madera County Academic Decathlon championship 21 years ago and has yet to let go. Nine Yosemite High “decathletes” and their coach jumped up and down as they were announced as winners of the 2014 competition during an awards ceremony Saturday at Madera South High School.
The title earned the team the right to represent Madera County in the California Academic Decathlon state finals on March 21 to 23 in Sacramento. To take the lead against five county high schools, Yosemite High School scored 35,051.9 points out of 65,400 and is now set to challenge the best schools from throughout the state.
This was the 32nd annual Madera County Academic Decathlon hosted by the Madera County Office of Education. MCOE presented Yosemite High School with a $500 check to help pay for travel expenses to the state finals. The school in the foothills how holds 20 county decathlon wins (the competition was not held in 1997).
Chawanakee Academy placed second, with Chowchilla Union High School coming in third in the competition. Other competing schools included Liberty High, Madera High and Madera South High...