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El Camino Real Charter High School Wins Academic Decathlon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Diana Martinez |   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 04:09

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ECR-Team1: From left: Eric Yu, Melissa Cheng, Rohan Boone, Neelam Sheikh, Brandon Slater, Jose Apolaya, Sandra Vadhin, Thasneem Syed, Justin Chau, Coach Stephanie Franklin.

The El Camino Real Charter High School academic decathlon team traveled to Sacramento for the prestigious competition and returned to their school victorious. They are the winners of the 2014 California Academic Decathlon, and the Woodland Hills high school had a celebration on Tuesday, March 25.

Principal Dave Fehte gave all the credit for the school’s success to the students and their teachers.

“It’s the kids and their coach and the way they study and prepare,” he said. “Our school has a long established culture for both academic and athletic excellence and has won six national academic decathlon championships.”

Stephanie Franklin, the coach for the school's academic decathlon team said the “pursuit for excellence” is what has delivered six national championships for the Valley school that she believes begins at home and continues with support at school.

“This pursuit starts with having a family that instills the value of education, hard work and self-discipline,” Franklin explained. “The journey continues with exceptional elementary school teachers who engage young minds, then moves on to secondary teachers who are willing to spend that extra 10 minutes explaining a concept.

“It is helped along the way by drama and music teachers and fine tuned by the athletic coaches. When all these elements culminate at a high school that values education above all else, then excellence can be realized,” she said.

Granada Hills Charter High placed second. The two Valley schools were almost neck-andneck, with El Camino scoring 57,747.3 points and Granada Hills scoring 57,214.1 points of the 65,400 possible, tournament officials announced.

The two local schools are always strong competitors, with both schools often going back and forth in winning the impressive competition.

El Camino Real and Marshall tied in first place in the Super Quiz, with 4,875 points out of the 5,400 possible. Granada Hills was second, with 4,725 points.

Marshall High won the large school category, with 56,963 points. That was only good enough for third place in the overall competition, however. Among local schools in the overall competition, Beverly Hills High placed fifth with 50,823.8, South Pasadena High was seventh with 49,556.7, LAUSD’s Franklin High of Los Angeles was eighth with 49,414.4 and Redondo High was ninth with 49,368.8 points. Fifteen of the past 18 national champions came from California.

This year, 565 students competed for 65 teams from areas throughout California. The teams are mixed with three “honors” students, who have 3.75-plus grade point averages, three “scholastic” students with GPAs between 3.0 and 3.74, and three “varsity” students with lesser GPAs. El Camino Real will compete in the upcoming national Academic Decathlon.

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