Rancho Cucamonga High School

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Rancho Cucamonga High School
Rancho Cucamonga High School logo
School Founded 1991
Team Established 1992
History Consistent top-3 in San Bernardino County.
City Rancho Cucamonga, California
Team Colors Purple, Silver, and Black
Principal Eduardo Zaldivar
Head Coach Elysa Martineau
Associate/Other Head Coach(es) Kay Williams-Pierce, Chloe Miller
National Championships N/A
State Championships N/A
Regional/County Championships 2019
Region/County Location San Bernardino
Highest Finish 1 (County), 4 (State)
School Website https://rchs.cjuhsd.net

Team History[edit]

Rancho Cucamonga High School is located in Rancho Cucamonga, California, in the western end of the Inland Empire in San Bernardino County. Since its inception, Rancho Cucamonga High School has fielded an academic decathlon team for the San Bernardino County competition. Its initial coaches were Karen Gerdes and John Nath. At that time the Academic Decathlon was a club, and students who wished to participate had to meet after school and on weekends. Starting slowly, Rancho’s varsity Academic Decathlon team eventually developed into a force to be reckoned with, vaulting into the top five in the region for 21 of its 27 years of competition. Its initial team consisted of Sabrina Bow, Scott Shipley, Andy Wang, Manijha Kadir, Michael Mallari, Chanee Pruett, Amanda Gray, and Nicole Stevens. Those students began a legacy that continues to the present. Since the 1999-2000 year of competition, Rancho Cucamonga High School’s Team Purple has consistently placed in the top five in the region, spending 14 of its competing seasons in the top three. Recently, they have also qualified to and competed at the State Championships several times.

After two years of placing 2nd at the San Bernardino County competition, Rancho Cucamonga High School supplanted Chaffey High School as the county champions in the 2018-2019 season, with a score of 53,608.5, the highest ever recorded score in San Bernardino County. Futhermore, at Sacramento that year, they ranked 4th in California state, the highest that any team in San Bernardino County has ever achieved. For the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Nath's last year of coaching, Team Purple consisted of Syed Ali, Katie Fan, Galen Han, Erin Boshers, Mitul Shah, David Diaz, and Samantha Chadwick. Unfortunately, that year's state competition was swept away by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Nath was a strong leader of the team who marched with his students towards victory. He retired in 2020.

Starting with the 2020-2021 season, Rancho Cucamonga had to search for a new leader. Out of nowhere came a younger, more agile coach. Elysa Martineau, an alumni who had competed for Rancho Cucamonga in the 2011-2012 season, came back to finally earn that first place title that she has for so long desired.

Score Chart[edit]

Year Round 1 Score Rank Regionals Score Score + SQ Rank State Score Score + SQ Rank
2021 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
2020 25,277.2 20 40,893.1 44,743.1 2 31,940.6 34,880.6 28
2019 33,511.4 3 48,498.5 53,608.5 1 47,806.0 53,336.0 4
2018 29,551.4 21 47,264.3 52,164.3 2 48,177.7 52,377.7 9
2017 28,477.0 27 45,195.0 49,545.0 2 43,244.5 -- 23
2016 23,202.9 62 40,056.0 43,656.0 3 39,737.5 44,312.5 43
2015 -- -- -- -- 5 DNQ DNQ DNQ
2014 23,889.0 37 -- 40,612.0 3 DNQ DNQ DNQ
2013 ~23,000.0 35 40,649.3 43,949.3 3 38,802.4 41,427.4 34
2012 -- -- 37,985.0 -- 2 38,515.2 -- 37

Team Performance (2018-20)[edit]

2020[edit]

Due to the COVID-19, the state competition was moved to an online individual testing platform, and scores were extrapolated out of 8 events (online testing excluded speech and interview). David Diaz, for state competition, only competed in the essay event.

Student Category Grade Round 1 Regionals State
Galen Han Honors 12 5,391.4 8,394.1 7,392.6
Katie Fan Honors 11 5,120.0 8,357.1 7,803.6
Syed Ali Honors 11 5,468.6 8,409.7 8,393.4
Erin Boshers Scholastic 11 4,465.7 7,390.8 6,840.0
Mitul Shah Scholastic 11 2,760.0 6,090.3 4,376.8
David Diaz Varsity 12 3,003.0 5,476.4 548.0
Samantha Chadwick Varsity 12 2,349.0 4,594.3 3,978.9

2019[edit]

Student Category Grade Round 1 Regionals State
Aaron Steger Honors 10 5,608.6 8,788.6 8,208.6
Cameron Steger Honors 12 5,177.1 8,503.6 8,073.7
Vatsal Jain Honors 12 5,611.4 7,723.6 7,202.1
Chloe Salveson Scholastic 12 5,991.4 8,492.6 8,923.1
David Sudhakar Scholastic 12 DNC 8,257.1 8,333.9
Vivek Patel Scholastic 12 5,877.1 7,383.3 7,458.3
Ernesto Pulido Varsity 12 4,043.3 5,948.3 5,737.0
Julia Knowles Varsity 12 DNC 6,009.9 5,751.4
Zoe Salveson Varsity 12 6,182.9 8,446.7 8,515.3

2018[edit]

Student Category Grade Round 1 Regionals State
Cameron Steger Honors 11 5,054.3 8,557.9 8,164.3
Dale Lu Honors 12 5,477.1 8,624.9 8,628.1
Vatsal Jain Honors 11 5,271.4 8,464.3 7,836.4
David Sudhakar Scholastic 11 4,811.4 8,122.3 8,619.9
Martin Nunez-Rivera Scholastic 12 5,272.9 7,975.7 7,860.2
Vivek Patel Scholastic 11 4,654.3 6,948.7 7,278.9
Julio Quinones Varsity 12 3,694.3 6,386.6 6,717.1
Zoe Salveson Varsity 11 4,742.9 7,596.9 8,188.1

Record Board (2017-20)[edit]

Top State Scores[edit]

Honors
Place Student Year Score
1 Dale Lu 2018 8,628.1
2 Jorge Villazon 2017 8,442.7
3 Aaron Steger 2019 8,208.6
4 Cameron Steger 2018 8,164.3
5 Cameron Steger 2019 8,073.7
Scholastic
Place Student Year Score
1 Chloe Salveson 2019 8,923.1
2 David Sudhakar 2018 8,619.9
3 David Sudhakar 2019 8,333.9
4 Martin Nunez-Rivera 2018 7,860.2
5 Vivek Patel 2019 7,458.3
Varsity
Place Student Year Score
1 Zoe Salveson 2019 8,515.3
2 Zoe Salveson 2018 8,188.1
3 Julio Quinones 2018 6,717.1
4 Julia Knowles 2019 5,751.4
5 Ernesto Pulido 2019 5,737.0

Top Regionals Scores[edit]

Honors
Place Student Year Score
1 Jorge Villazon 2017 8,790.0
2 Aaron Steger 2019 8,788.6
3 Dale Lu 2018 8,624.9
4 Cameron Steger 2018 8,557.9
5 Cameron Steger 2019 8,503.6
Scholastic
Place Student Year Score
1 Chloe Salveson 2019 8,492.6
2 David Sudhakar 2019 8,257.1
3 David Sudhakar 2018 8,122.3
4 Martin Nunez-Rivera 2018 7,975.7
5 Erin Boshers 2020 7,390.8
Varsity
Place Student Year Score
1 Zoe Salveson 2019 8,446.7
2 Zoe Salveson 2018 7,596.9
3 Julio Quinones 2018 6,386.6
4 Julia Knowles 2019 6,009.9
5 Ernesto Pulido 2019 5,948.3