Oxnard High School took home the top prize in Division 3 at the California Academic Decathlon. In the same division, Westlake High School took third place.
“It’s a huge deal,” said Jim McCrory, one of the assistant coaches for the Oxnard team. “They were absolutely jubilant. It was totally unexpected. Since the county championships six weeks or so ago, they hit it hard. They worked on their speeches and interviews and some kids even changed their entire speeches to do better and their scores improved all across the board.”
McCrory said that now that Oxnard has won, they are looking at recruiting for next year’s team. This year’s team happened to be all boys by coincidence, McCrory said.
“We’ve got the top two players coming back and are looking to recruit several other students in the Oxnard classes,” McCrory said. “We’re going out all-out with recruiting and really pushing to fill out our roster.”
McCrory said he and Robert Borneman, the head coach, and Chris Conte, the other assistant coach, are all very proud of the students for their hard work and win.