LOS ANGELES (Feb. 3, 2018) –The reigning national champs have done it again, Granada Hills High School decathletes sparkled the brightest with an unofficial score of 82 at the 2018 Los Angeles Unified School District’s Academic Decathlon’s “Super Quiz” competition today, the culminating event of this year’s “battle of the brains” contest.
El Camino Real Charter, a past national ACADECA champ, and stalwart Franklin High School came in second place with 79 points. In third place, was Grant High School and Palisades Charter High School with 73 points.
In all, 57 teams of high school decathletes competed before a rambunctious crowd of family members, classmates, friends and District educators, including L.A. Unified Board President Mónica García and Board Members Scott Schmerelson, Dr. Ref Rodriguez, Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian, along with Local District Superintendents, Linda Del Cueto, Joe Nacorda, Cheryl Hildreth, and Chief of Staff Alma Peña Sanchez. The event was held at the Roybal Learning Center gymnasium in downtown Los Angeles.
Lincoln High School came in fourth with a score of 70 points, while Cleveland Charter nabbed fifth place, garnering 66 points.
For sixth place, it was a tie between North Hollywood High School and Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets-Health /Sports Medical Magnet High School with 65 points.
The teams rounding out the Top 10 in the “Super Quiz” competition were:
Chatsworth Charter and Hamilton, with 64 points, followed in order, by Bell High School and Harbor Teacher Preparatory Academy and Narbonne High School (63 points),Francis Polytechnic and Garfield High Schools (62 points) and Van Nuys High School (60 points).
This year’s study topic is “Africa.”
The winning team will be announced Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Academic Decathlon awards ceremony at Belmont High School. The team with the highest score and additional wildcard teams will compete in the 2018 California Academic Decathlon, scheduled for March in Sacramento.
2018 LAUSD ACADEMIC DECATHLON AND “SUPER QUIZ” FACTS
• The 2018 Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon competition culminates with the exciting “Super Quiz” relay today, Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Roybal Learning Center for the ultimate “battle of the brains” showdown.
• Fifty-seven 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.
• This year’s study topic is “Africa.”
• This morning, February 3, 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 L.A. Unified Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian, Board Members Mónica García, Scott M. Schmerelson, Dr. Ref Rodriguez and Local District Superintendents, Linda Del Cueto, Joe Nacorda, Cheryl Hildreth and Chief of Staff, Alma Peña Sanchez.
• This year’s first round of the regional competition was held January 27 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 Sunday, Feb. 11, at the L.A. Unified Academic Decathlon awards ceremony at Belmont High School. The winner and wild card teams will go on to compete in the 2018 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 18 national titles since 1987. L.A. Unified has also won 23 state contests.