This team means SERIOUS business. 
This weekend hundreds of high school students will convene in Sacramento. Sure, they may visit the California State Capitol for a quick civics lesson. They may even visit Old Sacramento for a refresher course on the 1849 California Gold Rush. But they are, here, on serious business. 

These student travelers are, here, to win BIG or go home.

Lethal weapons holding lead pencilsThe 2011 California Academic Decathlon brings together county champions from all over the Golden State to compete in a contest of academic strength and achievement. Students compete for awards in Math, Art, Music, Language / Literature, Economics, Science, Essay, Speech, Interview and a super quiz. 

The competition is broken into three different grade-point categories. Each team consists of three Honor students (3.75 & above GPA), three Scholastic students (3.00-3.74 GPA), and three Varsity students (2.99 GPA & below). Don't mistake the Varsity students for slackers. While they may have lower GPAs, they often have a natural aptitude for topics that others struggle to grasp.

Sacramento is fun student travel for the family!
Got free time? Some Sacramento venues popular with young travelers:
Yogurtagogo (19th & L streets) don't miss special flavors of frozen yogurt and toppings
Spin Burger (16th & K streets) we like the menus and stationary bike races!
Cafeteria15L (15th & L streets) yup, grown-ups eat mac 'n' cheese, tots, and grilled cheese
Luigi's Pizza by the Slice (20th Street btwn J & K) discover why this is called the 'fungarden'

Java City (18th & Capitol) one of Sacramento's earliest local roasters
Old Soul (alley near 17th & L streets) common grounds for cozy community gathering
Temple Coffee (10th & J streets) so popular it opened a second temple for its devotees
Naked Coffee @ Retrolodge (11th & H streets) even more coffee, tea, convo for the hip