LOS ANGELES (Feb. 4, 2017) – Marshall High School decathletes sparkled the brightest with an unofficial score of 67 out of a possible 72 at the 2017 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.
Granada Hills Charter, previous Super Quiz winner and current national ACADECA champs, came in second place with 66 points. For third place, an ACADECA powerhouse school was El Camino Real Charter High School with 63 points.
In all, 62 teams of high school decathletes competed before a rambunctious crowd of family members, classmates, friends and District educators, including LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer and Board Member Scott Schmerelson, Superintendent Michelle King, along with Local District Superintendents Vivian Ekchian, Linda Del Cueto, Cheryl Hildreth, and Dr. Earl Perkins, Assistant Superintendent of School Operations. The event was held at the Roybal Learning Center gymnasium in downtown Los Angeles.
Franklin High School came in fourth with a score of 62 points, while Garfield nabbed fifth place, garnering 60 points.
Grant High School finished in sixth place with 59 points.
The teams rounding out the Top 10 in the “Super Quiz” competition were:
Bell High School, with 52 points, followed, in order, by Hamilton High School (51 points),Van Nuys and Narbonne High Schools (50 points) and North Hollywood High School (48 points).
This year’s study topic was “WWII.”
The winning team will be announced Friday, Feb. 10 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 2017 California Academic Decathlon, scheduled for March in Sacramento.
2017 LAUSD ACADEMIC DECATHLON AND “SUPER QUIZ” FACTS
The 2017 Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon competition culminates with the exciting “Super Quiz” relay today, Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Roybal Learning Center for the ultimate “battle of the brains” showdown.
- 62 teams of high school decathletes, including some of the District’s top student scholars, will compete this year.
- 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 is “World War II.”
- The highest team score possible is 60,000 points for ten events; 65,400 points including Super Quiz.
- This morning, February 4, decathletes tested in eight subjects—art, economics, language and literature, math, music, science, and social science before embarking on the exciting written “Super Quiz” relay before an enthusiastic crowd of parents, fellow students, friends and District educators including Superintendent Michelle King and Board President Steve Zimmer and Board Member Scott Schmerelson.
- This year’s first round of the regional competition was held January 28 at the Roybal Learning Center. At that time, students tested in three subjects—speech, interviews and essay.
- The top scoring school/team will be announced Friday, Feb. 10, at the LAUSD Academic Decathlon awards ceremony at Hollywood High School. The winner and wild card teams will go on to compete in the 2017 State Academic Decathlon scheduled in March in Sacramento. In the 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 (3.75 and above GPA).
- L.A. Unified has dominated the U.S. academic decathlon competition, earning 17 national titles since 1987. This District has also won 22 state contests.
Contact: Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766