by DARIUS LILIES
El Diamante’s academic decathlon has a lot to toot their horn about! Not only did they show their knowledge at the county competition, they won top overall school for Tulare County and went on to compete at the state level.
These are the results at the county competition:
Art: Forrest Johnson -silver, Daniel Seyedebrahimi, bronze
Music: Daniel Seyedebrahimi, gold and top overall student, Kiley Greenwood, bronze
Essay: Michael Ngo, silver, Julia Rodriguez, silver, Jack Perez, bronze
Speech: Kiley Greenwood, gold, Julia Rodriguez, silver, Jack Perez, bronze
Interview: Olivia Wu, silver, Kiley Greenwood, bronze
Math: Jack Perez, gold and top overall student, Daniel Seyedebrahimi, silver, Christian Mascorro, silver, Jack Perez, bronze
Social Science: Forrest Johnson, gold, Seyed Erteza, gold, Daniel Seyedebrahimi, silver, Christian Mascorro, bronze
Science: Jack Perez, silver, Forrest Johnson, silver, Christian Mascorro, bronze
Economics: Forrest Johnson, gold, Daniel Seyed, silver
Literature: Forrest Johnson , gold, Daniel Seyed, silver, Kiley Greenwood, bronze
El Diamante won the super quiz, best large and school, and top overall school for Tulare County.
Team 1 went on to Sacramento in March and competed with the top schools of the state. Many of those schools devote an actual class to their decathlon studies, whereas EDHS is just a club. With that being said, we are very proud of our miners and how they represented us at this year’s competition. This is the first VUSD Academic Decathlon Team that has won the County award in at least the past twenty years.
Daniel Seyedebrahimi got the highest score on his team division at El Diamante. He won Bronze in Speech and Music in his division.
Here are some thoughts from a couple of our competitors. “My A.D. experience has been everything I wanted out of a high school club. I’ve developed a competitive family of individuals who all have the same goal: represent.” (Kiley Greenwood)
Jack Perez said, “Academic Decathlon was an outstanding experience, both educationally and socially. I grew in all aspects of my studies and gained great friends for life.”