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El Camino Real High wins state academic decathlon

El Camino Real, the five-time national Academic Decathlon champions from the Los Angeles Unified School District, earned the state title at the California Academic Decathlon on Monday with a score of 50,590 out of 60,000.  The team will compete in the national competition in Omaha, Neb., next month. 

Sixty-two teams from around the state matched wits over the weekend in Sacramento, testing their knowledge in 10 disciplines, including language and literature, music and art. The only event open to the public, the Super Quiz, was held Sunday; Marshall High School, also from Los Angeles Unified, won that event.

Marshall placed second in the overall competition with 50,029 points and Granada Hills Charter placed third with 49,120.

West High School in Torrance placed sixth and Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra placed ninth. 

Franklin High School, making its first appearance at the state championship,  placed 27th with 40846.8.

El Camino Real won the national championship in 2007, 2005, 2004, 2001 and 1998.

Members of the winning team include Vivian Cheng, Daniel de Haas, Evan Edmisten, Andrew Fann, Audrey Goldbaum, Jessica Lin, Daniel Moreh, Adriana Ureche, and Michael Walker.

The coaches are John Dalsass and Stephanie Franklin.

An awards ceremony is being held Monday in Sacramento.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz, reporting from Sacramento

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Wh00t Conquistadors!! Good luck at nationals. AcaDeca takes an amazing amount of gruelingly hard work for the students, teachers, and even parents.

These are LAUSD teachers, UTLA members, who have prepared the best team in the state of California. I want to repeat that THESE STUDENTS WERE TAUGHT BY UTLA MEMBERS. Why can't the LA Times include this story in their pieces on the need to be able to fire teachers? Doesn't fit the narative. Why doesn't this article include the fact that these students were taught by union members who have been demonized by the LA Times? Doesn't fit the narative.

Fabulous job to the students and teachers at El Camino Real.

And thanks to the parents who raised such great kids. Marshall- you did great as well- you should be very proud.

From one LAUSD teacher to all of you!!

Congrats to El Camino Real! Hard work pays off!


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