Franklin High School Wins 2013 U.S. Academic Decathlon Online Competition

LOS ANGELES (May 7, 2013) - Franklin High School in the Los Angeles School Unified School District (LAUSD) has won the 2013 U.S. Academic Decathlon Online competition, scoring 38,184 out of a possible 48,000 points.

The virtual win gives the District its second first-place victory in this year’s national competition. Granada Hills High School’s decathletes won the 2013 U.S. Academic Decathlon championship on April 27 in Minneapolis. The LAUSD swept the state, national and online Academic Decathlon events for the third year in a row.

“I am so proud of our Franklin High School Academic Decathlon team for winning the online competition,” said Board member Bennett Kayser, who represents Franklin HS. “I have met many of the team members and their coach and I know how hard they have worked. They are truly an inspiration, and I am looking forward to their continued success. Go Panthers!”

“Franklin’s tremendous victory in the online competition is the culmination of another great performance by LAUSD schools in the Academic Decathlon,” said Superintendent John Deasy. “Congratulations to the team members and coach from Franklin for finishing No. 1 in the nation.”

Members of Franklin HS winning team are: Terence Tolentino, Antonio Maldonado, David Gonzalez, Czarelle Valencia, Susan Arevalo, Jessy Baltazar, Alex Moreno, Adriana Rodriguez, Aaron Flores. The Coach is Samuel C. Kullens.

“This is an amazing group of decathletes and a super coach,” said Coordinator Cliff Ker. “In a competition where expectations are always very high, this group has excelled. I am very proud of them”.

The top two teams in California, Granada Hills and El Camino Real, competed in Minneapolis for the Nationals. The other teams were eligible to compete in the national online events, based on their enrollment. Franklin High School represented California in the Large Schools Division made up of nine schools.

On April 26, when the LAUSD teams were competing for the Academic Crown, another LAUSD team, Franklin HS, was frantically hitting their keyboards to answer questions in the six objective tests in economics, language/literature, math, music, science and social studies.

Franklin HS exceeded their own expectations by recording the highest score of all teams, across all divisions in the online competition.

Franklin HS scored third place in the LAUSD Academic Decathlon. The following LAUSD schools have won the U.S. Academic Decathlon Online competition: Marshall HS in its inaugural year 2010, Marshall HS repeated in 2011 and El Camino Real Charter HS was the 2012 winner.