LAUSD Academic stars shine in ‘super quiz’ competition

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 6, 2016) – Granada Hills Charter High School decathletes sparkled the brightest with a perfect unofficial score of 72 at the 2016 Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Academic Decathlon’s “Super Quiz” competition today, the culminating event of this year’s “battle of the brains” contest.

Not to be out done and tied for second place with 69 points each were Franklin and Marshall High Schools. For third place, another tie between two power house ACADECA schools, El Camino Real Charter High School and Bell with 66 points.

Last year in the Super Quiz event, Franklin High School and Granada Hills Charter tied for first.

In all, 58 teams of high school decathletes competed before a rousing crowd of family members, classmates, friends and District educators, including LAUSD Board Vice President Dr. George J. McKenna, III and Board Member Scott Schmerelson along with instructional area superintendent, Vivian Ekchian, Dr. Earl Perkins, Assistant Superintendent of School Operations and Justo Avila, Chief Human Resources Officer. The event was held at the Roybal Learning Center gymnasium in downtown Los Angeles.

Garfield High School came in fourth with a score of 65 points, while Cleveland and Narbonne nabbed fifth place, garnering 61 points.

Van Nuys High School finished in sixth place with 61 points.

The teams rounding out the Top 10 in the “Super Quiz” competition were:

Grant High School, with 58 points, followed, in order, by Hamilton (57 points), Lincoln High School (56 points) and North Hollywood (54 points).

This year’s study topic was “India.”

The winning team will be announced Friday, Feb. 12 at the LAUSD Academic Decathlon awards ceremony at Hollywood High School. The team with the highest score and additional wildcard teams will compete in the 2016 California Academic Decathlon, scheduled for March in Sacramento.