The Comeback Kids: El Camino Real Charter High School Wins 2014 U.S Academic Decathlon

LOS ANGELES (April 26, 2014) —  After a four year absence, the U.S. Academic National Decathlon trophy is back in Woodland Hills.
El Camino Real Charter High School battled former national ACADECA champion, Granada Hills
Charter High School, and reclaimed the coveted trophy as the 2014 U.S. Academic Decathlon champions.

El Camino Real Charter High School, which is also the reigning state champions, recovered the ACADECA throne, winning their seventh national title and earning L.A. Unified its15th national banner.
More than 468 students gathered at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on April 24-26 to compete in the 33rd Annual United States Academic Decathlon National Competition. 
The nine-member team from El Camino scored 52,601.10 points out of 66,000, beating 52 other high school academic decathlon teams across the U.S. in this year’s rigorous scholastic battle. 
“I’m so proud of the teams from both of our schools and thrilled that El Camino Real will be bringing home its seventh national title,” said Los Angeles Board of Education Member Tamar Galatzan, whose district spans the West San Fernando Valley. “The decathlon demands an incredible commitment by the students, coaches and their families, and I congratulate them all on this record-setting achievement.”
Granada Hills Charter High School, placed second with 52,392.40 points.
Superintendent John Deasy said: “Congratulations to El Camino Real for the incredible honor of capturing the national title. We are so proud at LAUSD of the team members and coaches of El Camino and the second-place finisher Granada for their amazing performances in the 2014 Academic Decathlon.” 
Michelle King, Deputy Superintendent of School Operations, added: “It is with enthusiasm and pride that I congratulate the students and staff of El Camino Real Charter High School on winning the 2014 National Academic Decathlon. The team’s commitment to excel academically and ultimately achieve such a noteworthy goal is to be commended.”
“I also want to wish Marshall High School the best in the online competition,” added King.

El Camino Real Charter Decathletes members are Justin Chau, Neelem Sheikh, Thasneem Syed (Honor Students); Melissa Cheng, Sandra Vadhin, Eric Yu (Scholastic Students); Jose Apolaya, Rohan Boone, Brandon Slater (Varsity Students); and coach Stephanie Franklin. 
During Friday’s Super Quiz competition, El Camino Real Charter placed second, and Granada Hills Charter placed third, in the Super Quiz event.
Since 1991, El Camino Real Charter High School has won 10 state titles and, with their latest victory, earned their seventh national championship. L.A. Unified has dominated the U.S. academic decathlon competition, earning 15 national titles since 1987 and 20 state contests.

Earlier this year, in L.A. Unified’s Academic Decathlon, El Camino Real Charter High School placed third with 55,356.4. Granada Hills Charter School earned second place honors with 55,728.4 points.

The academic decathlon is a team competition, in which students battle other teams, using their intellectual skills. The students competed in 10 categories: art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science and speech. This year’s study subject was World War I.
United States Academic Decathlon® is an academic competition for high school students founded by Dr. Robert Peterson, former Superintendent of Schools in Orange County, in 1981. Dr. Peterson firmly believed that everyone’s learning potential can be encouraged through competitive challenge. The national competition is hosted in a different state every year to allow students a once in a lifetime experience and to motivate them to succeeded academically. Academic Decathlon® has come to be recognized as the most prestigious high school academic team competition in the United States. 

The Granada Hills team and their coaches are scheduled to return to Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, April 27, aboard Allegiant Airline, Flight Number 1072 at 5:25 p.m. El Camino Real Charter students return Monday, April 28, aboard Delta Airlines, Flight Number 1212, arriving at 6 a.m. at the same airport.


Contact: Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766