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Ventura County Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial and Science Fair Coming Soon

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Ventura County
Office of Education


January 21, 2020

For more information:
Dave Schermer, Director of Communications



2020 Ventura County Academic Competition Season about to Begin
Students to Compete in Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial and the Science Fair

Thousands of middle and high school students from schools throughout Ventura County will face off in three popular academic competitions in February and March. The games begin with the Academic Decathlon, followed by Mock Trial and concluding with the Ventura County Science Fair. These events, presented by the Ventura County Office of Education, combine creativity and competition to truly engage students in the learning process. Each local event brings an opportunity for Ventura County students to advance to state level competitions. Media coverage of the competitions and their awards ceremonies is invited. A schedule of events is provided below for your convenience.

Events are only open to the public where indicated.

Events in blue are recommended for media coverage.


Academic Decathlon – Jan. 25 & Feb. 1

High school students will face off in a battle of academic skill in the 2020 Ventura County Academic Decathlon. Students will compete in essay writing, speech, interview, art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, science and social science. A crowd favorite is the “Super Quiz,” which is a Jeopardy-style competition that tests students’ knowledge in a variety of academic subjects.


Competition Day 1: Saturday, Jan. 25

Pacifica High School - 600 E Gonzales Rd, Oxnard, CA 93036

  • 8:30 AM          Essay Event Begins
  • 10:30 AM         Interview Event begins
  • 10:45 AM         Speech Event begins
  • 4:30 PM           Competition concludes


Competition Day 2: Saturday, Feb. 1

Pacifica High School - 600 E Gonzales Rd, Oxnard, CA 93036

  • 9:00 AM          Testing
  • 3:15 PM           March of the Decathletes
  • 3:30 PM           Super Quiz (open to the public)
  • 5:00 PM           Day 2 Competition Concludes


Awards Ceremony: Monday, Feb. 3 - 6:00 pm (open to the public)

Ventura County Office of Education: 5100 Adolfo Rd., Camarillo, CA 93012