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Academic Decathlon
  • Academic Decathlon is one of the most prestigious high school academic competitions. The Decathlon is made up of ten events: art, music, math, language and literature, science, social science, economics, speech, interview, essay.
  • Team Advisor: Ms. Voegtlin voegtlina@pvpusd.net

ComedySportz - High School League
  • The ComedySportz High School League® is the largest, most successful improv training program for high school students in the country. The High School League® empowers students to create their own theatre and nourishes their communication skills through improvisational theatre workshops and performances. It encourages their individuality and provides the forum to succeed or fail in a safe environment that combines showmanship and sportsmanship. The League provides an extracurricular activity that goes beyond stage work into everyday situations. And the students just think they're having fun!
  • Team Advisor: Mr. Cohen cohens@pvpusd.net

CyberPatriot
  • CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money. PVPHS has sent teams to the Cyber Patriot national competition finals in Washington DC each of the past 4 years.
  • Team Advisor: Mr. Twiet twieth@pvpusd.net
 
First Robotics
  • The "Varsity Sport for the Mind", FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
  • Team Advisor: Ms. Rudder rudderm@pvpusd.net

Technology Student Association STEM competition
 
Math Team
  • The goal of Math Team is to provide enjoyable and challenging math problems in order to help students improve their problem solving abilities.  Members may participate for an experience with extended knowledge of mathematics or participate at a more competitive level.  The team meets during lunch to compete in contests as well as prepare for off-campus competitions.
  • Visit the Math Team website for more informaiton
  • Team Advisor: Ms. Chaiyont kanv@pvpusd.net

Mock Trial
  • The Los Angeles Mock Trial Program is an academic competition held each fall, which includes over 2,000 students in Los Angeles County. The trial itself is a simulation of a criminal case tried before a real judge. Student teams study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research, and receive guidance from volunteer attorneys in courtroom procedures and trial preparation. Students participate as lawyers, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs, thus acquiring a working knowledge of our judicial system. The Mock Trial Program encourages young people to develop analytical abilities and communication skills while gaining increased self-confidence. In the fall 2014 Mock Trial competition, the PVPHS team brought home the 2nd place trophy!
  • Team Advisor: Ms. Gale jkgale@cox.net

Model United Nations (MUN)
  • At Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The students, better known as “delegates”, debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. They prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN’s rules of procedure – all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world. MUN members get the opportunity to attend conferences at many different high schools. Peninsula MUN students, unlike students of other local MUN programs, also get the opportunity to attend prestigious college conferences such as those of UC Berkeley and Georgetown. Model United Nations is a great way to improve speaking skills and learn about world problems.
  • Team Advisor: Mr. Dimitriou jfdpalto@aol.com

Science Bowl
  • Launched in 1991, the National Science Bowl (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach. Regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science activities of importance to the Department of Energy and the Nation.
  • Team Advisor: Mr. Lee leec@pvpusd.net

Science Olympiad
  • Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.
  • Team Advisor: Mr. Snodgrass snodgrass@pvpusd.net
 
Science Research
  • Peninsula High School excels at science research!
    • Los Angeles County Science Fair
    • In the past 8 years, PVPHS has won more awards than any other school, and has won the Sweepstakes award 5 times.
  • California State Science Fair
    • PVPHS has sent at least 9 students every year and we won the Student of the Year award the past two years.
  • Intel International Science Fair
    • PVPHS students have qualified to compete in each of the last 12 years and have won numerous awards there.
  • Team Advisor: Mr. Starodub starodub@pvpusd.net

Solar Engineering
  • For the past six years, The West Basin has sponsored Peninsula High School in the world's largest solar boat building and racing competition.
  • Team Advisor: Mr. Hescox jimhescox@chyten.com
 
Speech and Debate
  • The PVPHS Speech and Debate team is one of the largest and most decorated organizations on campus. The team participates in competitive argument and public speaking tournaments both locally and throughout the country.
  • Team Advisor: Ms. Hendrick hendrickk@pvpusd.net
  
VEX
  • VEX offers students a rich and exciting platform to immerse themselves in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through the fun of building robots. Highly versatile construction system allows students to build whatever they can imagine. More information about VEX can be found here.
  • Team Advisor: Mr. Twiet twieth@pvpusd.net
 
Pen High VEX Team at World Championships in April 2017