It didn't take long for Bella Vista High School's Academic Decathlon Team to convince everyone of their expertise on the country of Russia.
That was the theme of the 33rd Annual Academic Decathlon.
For the second year in a row, the Broncos won big Saturday afternoon at Inderkum High School in northwest Sacramento.
Nearly 350 people sat in the gymnasium's bleachers cheering for one of 21 Sacramento County teams.
This year, over 300 students participated.
By far, the largest crowd of supporters rooted for the Broncos, who finished one point ahead of second place winner Folsom High School's 53 points. Del Campo High School came in third place with 40 points.
The Super Quiz accounts for 10 percent of the team scoring. Final results will be announced Wednesday evening at an awards banquet at the CSU Sacramento University Ballroom.
"This is the finest academic competition that exists," said David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools in his opening remarks to parents, faculty, volunteers and students.
"This event will generate over $10,000 in scholarship monies for students," he added.
This was the first year 16-year-old Bianka Muñoz from Rio Linda High School participated in the Academic Decathlon. She was one of the only Latina participants.
"It feels sad in a way because I've noticed that not too many Hispanic students know about this competition and what its about. There is not enough information out there telling them what it is," said Muñoz who traces her roots to El Salvador.
"I think if more of them knew what it was about, we would be better represented."
For Muñoz -- who is a 'B' student and is enrolled in several advanced placement courses -- the academic decathlon was a great preparation for the goals she wants to meet in the near future.
"I want to go to CSU Channel Islands and become an obstetrics and gynecology doctor," she said.
Her eldest sister Josephine, 28 said she admires her younger sister who has always been a self-motivated young woman who likes to challenge herself and learn new things.
"I feel so proud of her because she is doing everything I didn't have the guts to do in high school," she said.
Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the competition for Muñoz was not the test taking throughout the day on an array of subjects dedicated to the history and culture of Russia, but the Super Quiz.
"In the beginning when I sat down, it was scary. I didn't think I could recall all that knowledge I had spent months memorizing by spending 7 seconds to answer each question, but at the same time, it was a lot of fun," said Muñoz who plans to participate next year as a senior.
To prepare for the Academic Decathlon, students devote months of study to the years theme in 10 academic categories including economics, art, science, social science, language/literature, mathematics, music, essay, interview and speech.
Each school is comprised of a nine-member team or "decathletes" who learn about teamwork, goal-setting, planning and leadership.
Muñoz--who spent an hour and a half each day studying the material believes she did well despite her schools loss.
"For me, it has always been about challenging myself and learning something new and I definitely got that from participating in the decathlon," she said.