Woodbridge High School has won this year’s Orange County Academic Decathlon and an automatic bid to the California Academic Decathlon in March, officials announced Saturday.

The Irvine school was announced as the winner of its fourth straight county competition at a ceremony Friday night at Orange Coast College. Three other Orange County schools will also join in next month’s state competition, based on their team scores: Trabuco Hills High School in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Westminster High School in the Huntington Beach Union High School District and Valencia High School in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.

“I’m so proud of our decathletes again this year — I always am,” said Orange County Department of Education Coordinator Kristin Rigby. “These students work so hard to prepare for decathlon on top of their regular schoolwork. And the curriculum is very challenging. Our students are definitely developing grit.”

On Thursday, Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra was named the winner of the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon and will take part in the statewide competition in March. Wild-card entries were earned by West High School in Torrance, which won the county event last year; South High School in Torrance; Redondo Union High School; and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.

The winner of the Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon, which is held separately from the county, was expected to be announced Saturday.

LAUSD schools have won the national championship the last nine years in a row — seven times by Granada Hills Charter High School and twice by El Camino Real Charter High School, which won in 2018 and 2014.

The statewide competition will be held March 27-28 in Sacramento, with the winner advancing to the U.S. Academic Decathlon from April 30-May 2 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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