Back on Top… El Camino Real Charter High School Captures Eighth U.S. Academic Decathlon

LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2018) - They saw, they came, they conquered!


The Conquistadores from El Camino Real Charter High School won the coveted 2018 U.S. Academic Decathlon championship. The winner was announced at a ceremony in Frisco, TX earlier today. 


Over 600 students from the United States, Canada, China and the United Kingdom gathered at the Embassy Suites by Hilton on April 19-21 to compete in the 37th annual United States Academic Decathlon®, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Academic Decathlon®. 


“Congratulations to El Camino Real Charter High School for another stunning victory,” said Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson. “I commend each of you for your teamwork, discipline and hard work!”


Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian added her congratulations to the nine-member team and its dedicated coach.


“Congratulations to El Camino Real Charter High School for another impressive victory,” said Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian. “Youracademic stamina and competitive spirit to win is remarkable. The entire L.A. Unified family is so proud of you!”


The winning decathletes team is made up of Inesh Ahuja, Ashtar Fayoumi, Matthew Fitzmorris, Briana Lincoln, Rachel Markenson, Nola Origer, Avery Tamura, Maya Teitz and Trevor Winnard. The coach is Stephanie Franklin.  


The champs scored 54,531.2 out of a possible 60,000 points. They also won the Super Quiz, the only public event in the 10-subject contest.

El Camino Real Charter High School won its first district decathlon in 1989. It won the state and national crown in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2014.


California currently holds the national title for the last 16 consecutive years.


“The diligence and perseverance of this winning team has been reflected in their continued success throughout this competition season,” said Kathy Gonnella, L.A. Unified Administrator of Enrichment Programs. “Congratulations for their outstanding achievements.”


The Academic Decathlon® is a 10 event scholastic competition for high school students. There are seven multiple-choice exams including: Art, Economics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Social Science, and Science. The Super QuizTM event tests students on all subjects listed above. Students also write an Essay and are judged in Speech and Interview. Academic Decathlon® is very unique in that it is designed to include students from all academic ability and achievement levels. Each nine- member team consists of three “A” (Honor division), three “B” (Scholastic division), and three “C or below” (Varsity division) students. Each team member competes in all 10 events against other students in their individual divisions, and team scores are calculated using the top two individual scores from each division. The curriculum theme for this year was “Africa.”


Return flight details:

The El Camino Real Charter High School’s Academic Decathlon team and coach are scheduled to return on Saturday, April 21, to Burbank Airport via Southwest Airlines Flight #3389 (arrival at 7:55 p.m.).





Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766