Granada Hills Charter High School has bragging rights for another year after they won their second consecutive LAUSD Academic Decathlon with a near-perfect score, according to a release from the school district.
Students Lev Tauz, Sean Wejebe, Hamidah Mahmud, Christian Koguchi, Priscilla Liu, Kimberly Ly, Jimmy Wu, Stella Lee, and Julia Wall were coached by Matt Arnold, Nick Weber and Spencer Wolf to their third win since 2007, Susan Cox wrote in the release.
The school’s team is no stranger to success – locally or nationally. In 2011, they won three competitions: the LAUSD Academic Decathlon competition, the California Academic Decathlon, and the U.S. Academic Decathlon contest.
Their latest win means they advance to the 2012 California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento. LAUSD has won 17 state contests and 12 national titles since 1987, Cox wrote.
This year’s team scored 51,913.3 points out of a possible 60,000. Prominent Southland education leaders praised their performance.
“Their incredible training and preparation have paid off. I wish them luck as they head to the state competition, and perhaps--on to defend their title as national champions,” said Board Member Tamar Galatzan, who represents the district that includes Granada Hills Charter High School.
Students from Granada Hills beat out hundreds of decathletes from 63 LAUSD high school teams.
Each team is made of nine students, with three students from three different grade-point average (GPA) categories ranging from 2.99 and lower, and 3.75 and above.
This year’s decathlon, a 10-quiz competition, had students competing in such academic forays as speech, essay, art, economics, language and literature, math, music and social sciences.