LAUSD Whiz Kids Lead Teams to ‘Super Quiz’ Honors

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 1, 2014) — El Camino Real Charter High School came out on top at the 2014 Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Academic Decathlon’s “Super Quiz” competition today, the culminating event at this year’s “battle of the brains” contest. The team earned an unofficial score of 63 points, nine shy of 72, the highest score possible on the written relay competition.

Not far behind, Marshall High School came in second with 61 points. Reigning national, state and LAUSD champ, Granada Hills Charter High School, came in third with 57 points.

In all, 59 teams of high school decathletes competed in this year’s contest before a rousing crowd of family members, classmates, friends and District educators, including LAUSD Board Member Bennett Kayser, Senior Deputy Superintendent of Operations, Michelle King, Instructional Area Superintendents, Byron Maltez, Dr. Robert Bravo and Cheryl Hildreth at the Roybal Learning Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Franklin High School came in fourth with a score of 51 points, while Garfield High School nabbed fifth place, garnering 50 points.

Bell High School stayed in the game with a sixth place finish of 49 points.

Rounding out the Top 10 scoring schools in the “Super Quiz” competition are:
• Taft Charter High School, seventh place, with 48 points.
• Narbonne, eighth place, with 47 points.
• Van Nuys and Hamilton High Schools tied for ninth place, with 46 points.

This year’s study topic was World War I.

The winning school and team will be announced on Friday, Feb. 7 at the LAUSD Academic Decathlon awards ceremony at Hollywood High School. The team with highest score and additional wildcard teams will go on to compete in the 2014 California Academic Decathlon, scheduled next month, in Sacramento.

ACADECA FACTOIDS:
• This is the 33nd Annual LAUSD Academic Decathlon
• There are 59 teams of high school decathletes
• This year’s study topic is World War I
• Each team is comprised of nine students-three students from three different grade-point average (GPA) categories-Varsity (2.99 GPA and below), Scholastic (3.00 – 3.74 GPA) and Honor (3.74 GPA and above)
• During the “Super Quiz” round, three member teams from each GPA category (A, B and C) will answer 12 multi-choice questions for a total of 36 questions in three rounds. The team score for each round is the total of the best two out of three individual scores. The final team score is the total of all three rounds. The highest possible score was 72 points
• Over the two-day academic decathlon contest, that began January 25, students competed in 10 subjects-speech, interview and essay competition (at the Roybal Learning Center) and art, economics, language/literature, math, music, science, social science before embarking on the “Super Quiz” relay (also at the Roybal Learning Center)
• The top scoring school/team will be announced Friday, Feb. 7, at the LAUSD Academic Decathlon awards ceremony at Hollywood High School.
• The winner and wild card teams will compete in the 2014 California Academic Decathlon, scheduled March 20-23 in Sacramento
• The LAUSD Academic Decathlon “Super Quiz” relay was the only portion of the competition opened to the public
• Emmett Miller served as this year’s Quiz Master, reading each question during the “Super Quiz” relay

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Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766