Granada Hills Charter H.S. Wins 2013 State Academic Decathlon

LOS ANGELES (March 17, 2013) — Granada Hills Charter High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) today was named winner of the 2013 California Academic Decathlon competition, for the third year in a row, with its nine-member team of students outscoring all state competitors with 56,165.50 points out of 65,400 possible.

Members of Granada Hills winning team are: Jae Kyung Chong, Seung Woo Baek, Hamidah Mahmud (Honor Students); Kimberly Ly, Kelley Ma, Kailin Li (Scholastic Students);Dayoung Kim, Faria Ghori, Beatrice Dimaunahan (Varsity Students); and coaches Matt Arnold, Spencer Wolf, and Nick Weber..

In second place and previous national and state champions was El Camino Real Charter High School. The team scored 55,669.50 points, earning the school second place. Members of the team are: Ranbir Dhillon, Jacob Hehir, Johnathan Yih (Honor Students); Jenny Chi, Brennan Lincoln, Melissa Ngu (Scholastic Students); Peter Do, Tyler Wong, Julian Zano (Varsity Students); and coach Stephanie Franklin.

Both nine-member teams will represent the state of California and pursue the state's tenth consecutive national title at the 32nd Annual United States Academic Decathlon Championship scheduled April 25-27 2013 in Minneapolis, MN.

A formidable contender for the U.S. Academic Decathlon competition, El Camino Real High School, since 1991, has won nine state titles and six national championships. LAUSD have dominated the U.S. academic decathlon competition, earning 13 national titles since 1986. Since 1987, LAUSD has won 19 state contests.

Winners of the 34th Annual California Academic Decathlon were announced today during an awards ceremony in Sacramento, Ca.  A total of 65 teams of high school decathletes across the state competed in this year’s contest.

In addition to Granada Hill’s and El Camino Real’s victories, Franklin High/LAUSD received the Large School title with 54,456.10. Both high schools will be eligible to compete in the United States Academic Decathlon On-line National Competitions taking place in April.

In Super Quiz, Franklin/LAUSD High finished first with 4,725 points out of 5,400 points possible.  Granada Hills Charter High and El Camino Real Charter High tied for second with 4,575 points out of 5,400 points possible. John Marshall High/LAUSD, finished third with 4,500 points.

In all, 566 students representing 65 high school teams from across the state competed in this year’s academic decathlon competition-a battle of titan intellects- each school team is comprised of nine students-three students from three different grade-point average (GPA) categories-Varsity students (2.99 GPA and below), Scholastic students (3.00-3.74 GPA) and Honor students (3.75and above GPA).

California has won the last 10 national titles and has won 15 national titles in the past 18 years of national competition. In 31 years of national competition, California has placed first or second every year but one.

Decathletes compete in 10-quiz competitions involving speech, interviews, essay, art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, social science and the Super Quiz. The scores of all 10 quizzes are tallied together and the winner announced. This year’s study topic was Russia.

The academic decathlon started locally in Orange County, California, in 1968 under the direction of the late Dr. Robert Peterson, who was then Orange County Superintendent of Schools. The competition went statewide in 1979 and has been a national event since 1982. The LAUSD earned its first of many state and national trophies in 1986 by Marshall High School.