Team Advances to State Competition
Rowland High School's Academic Decathlon Team moves on to the state competition after earning 4th place and 26 individual medals: 7-Gold, 7-Silver and 12-Bronze
Congratulations to Rowland High School for placing fourth place in the prestigious Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon. The team competed against 34 schools from across Los Angeles County and will now advance to the state competition in March. For their hard work and dedication, the team received 26 individual medals for their performance in individual events. 
“I am so proud of the commitment, hard work, and perseverance this year's team put into the program,” said Rowland High School Social Studies Teacher and Team Advisor, Matt Cole. “It was a very trying and challenging year with COVID-19 and social distancing, but the team worked together, supported each other, and stepped forward to meet the challenge. I could not have asked for a better group of decathletes. It has been a pleasure to work with them and see them grow.” 

The rigorous two-day scholastic team competition is where Decathletes are challenged to use analytical skills, performance abilities and test-taking and writing aptitude in 10 events: Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language & Literature, Math, Music, Science, Social Science and Speech. This year was historic, with all events taking place online for the first time. This year's team members are: Ethan Chen, Noah Lim, Charlene Poon, Jocelyne Wijaya, Ethan Chen, Angela Yu, Clayton Ng, Alysia Kim, Nathania Limchitsomboon, and Kimberly Cedeno

“Despite the fact that there were many unprecedented challenges in the year 2020, the work my Academic Decathlon teammates put in, helped carry our team into state championships. Their perseverance and determination helped this team push through any obstacles we may have encountered,” said Jocelyne Wijaya.

"I’m glad I stayed another year in Academic Decathlon and worked together with my fellow teammates to place 4th in this year's competition. The decathletes that participated in summer school, but did not qualify for the official nine member team, should really consider this their victory too and I’m forever grateful for their support," said Kimberly Cedeno," said Kimberly Cedeno.

“As this is my first year in Academic Decathlon, I am simply glad to have gotten the experience of being able to compete with such hard-working individuals. The perseverance and dedication that we displayed as a collective team from this past summer leading up to the county competition has certainly paid off. It has been an honor to be part of this team, and I can’t wait for what is to come at the state competition,” said Noah Lim.
Alysia Kim - Varsity
Interview - Gold
Essay - Bronze
Angela Yu - Scholastic
Essay - Gold
Social Science - Bronze
Jocelyne Wijaya - Scholastic
High Scoring Decathlete for Rowland - Gold
Science - Gold
Essay - Gold
Social Science - Silver
Literature - Bronze
Math - Bronze
Interview - Bronze
Charlene Poon - Honors
Science - Gold
Essay - Silver
Interview - Bronze
Kimberly Cedeno - Varsity
Literature – Silver
Nathania Limchitsomboon - Varsity
Essay - Silver
Rowland High School Social Science Teacher and Advisor Matt Cole
Ethan Chen - Honors
Interview - Gold
Social Science - Silver
Science - Bronze
Speech - Bronze
Essay- Bronze
Clayton Ng - Scholastic
Speech - Bronze
Noah Lim - Honors
Interview - Silver
Essay - Silver
Speech - Bronze
Provisional Board of Education Members Appointed
Thank you to all of the community members who applied to serve our community as provisional board members. Last night the Rowland Unified School District Board of Education held candidate interviews and appointed Agnes Gonzalez to represent Trustee Area 1 and Donna Freedman to represent Trustee Area 5. Oath swearing ceremonies will take place in upcoming weeks.
Agnes Gonzalez Trustee Area 1
Donna Freedman Trustee Area 5
Tell your friends, family and neighbors that it is time for all new RUSD student enrollment for the 2021-22 school year! We invite our community to learn more about about award-winning schools and innovative programs this week. Click on links below for further details:

Upcoming District Information Meetings

Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Enrollment Parent Information Meeting
(with Chinese and Spanish translators)
March 17
Students Become Bilingual, Biliterate & Bicultural
March 17 at 8:30 AM and 6 PM (Links to come!)

February 26, 2021 Issue RUSD News Editor
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