Petaluma, Casa to test academic knowledge

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The Casa Grande High School Academic Decathlon team is well past making history. All it can do as the state/regional competition begins at Solano Community College in Fairfield this weekend is continue its mind-boggling run of 32 straight county championships.

This weekend’s competition, which continues next weekend, is for both the county and regional championships. There are only four teams in the county competition — Casa Grande, Petaluma, Rancho Cotate and Maria Carrillo. The winner automatically moves on to state.

The regional competition, held simultaneously with the county competition, includes teams from Solano, Napa and Yolo counties, in addition to the Sonoma County schools. A team doing well in the region, as Petaluma did last year when it finished third, can also advance to state.

While Casa Grande will be favored to keep its streak going, Petaluma High coach Andrew Aja is pleased to have the Trojans competing.

“This is the fourth year since we restarted our program,” he explained. “We are hoping to continue growing our program, and do well.”

This week’s competition will be devoted to the essay and speech and interview portions of the competition. Both teams will spend next week in intensive preparation for the following week’s competition in art, economics, literature, math, music, science and social science.

It all wraps up with the Super Quiz, the only portion of the competition involving all team members.

Casa Grande is led by Ac-Dec veterans Omar Khan, Salem Ali, Jessica Tang, Nico Carballal, Nick Eaton, Zach Esponda, Kylie Houck, Jennifer Evans, Satvika Madadi and Aidan Healy.

Competing for the Petaluma team will be Danny Marzo, Josh Beels, Sallie Hillingshed, Grant Henderson, Jacquelyn McGee, Will Tillman, Emunah Wiggins, Ruby Shippey-Rabena and Alexander Foreman.

Both teams must raise their own funds for travel expenses and study materials. Persons wishing to help should make contributions to the school of their choice marked Attn: Ac-Dec.

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