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Granada Hills Reigns Supreme - Again - In California Academic Decathlon Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 03:26

Team Will Represent the State in the U.S. Competition Next Month in Albuquerque, N.M.


The student team of Granada Hills High scored a victory in the annual state Academic Decathlon, besting 64 other California schools with a total of 52,327.4 out of a possible 60,000 points. They will represent the state in the national academic decathlon in Albuquerque, starting April 25.

Granada Hills High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) again takes home the top award in the 33rd Annual California Academic Decathlon Competition Finals beating 64 other high school teams in the state. The nine-member team, with an overall high score of scored 52,327.4 points out of 60,000 possible points, will go on to represent California in the U.S. Academic Decathlon, scheduled April 25-28 in Albuquerque, N.M.

The High School's winning team are: Lev Tauz, Sean Wejebe, Hamidah Mahmuch (Honor Students); Christian Koguchi, Priscilla Liu, Kimberly Ly (Scholastic Students); and Jimmy Wu Stella Lee, Julia Wall (Honor Students).

"This was the most competitive California Academic Decathlon competition I have seen in my twelve years as LAUSD Coordinator," said Cliff Ker, coordinator, Academic Decathlon for the LAUSD. "I am so proud of all of our students and teachers who participated."

In addition to Granada Hill's victory, El Camino Real High received the Large School title with 51,279.7, and La Cañada St. Francis High received the Medium School title with 38,987.9. Both schools will be eligible to compete in the United States Academic Decathlon Online National Competitions taking place in April.

In the Super Quiz, Granada Hills finished first with 5,585 points out of 6,000 points possible. Franklin High finished second with 5,300 points and Marshall High finished third with 5,225 points.

LAUSD students dominated in Division 1 and overall team scores. In Division I, the top 3 teams in Division 1 were Granada Hills (score of 52327.4), El Camino Real (score of 51279.7) and Marshall (score of 49203.0).

Some 65 high school teams from across California competed in the state competition, held March 15-18, in Sacramento. The competition included an essay, a written Super Quiz, and tests in math, science, music, language and literature, economics and art. Speeches, interviews and a Super Quiz Relay were also part of the competition. Winners were announced before a crowd at the 2012 California Academic Decathlon's award ceremony at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

California has won the last nine national titles and has won 14 national titles in the past 17 years of national competition. In 30 years of national competition, California has placed first or second every year but one.`