Granada Hills Charter High School wins national Academic Decathlon
For the second year in a row, Granada Hills Charter High School on Saturday won the national Academic Decathlon, clinching the highest score ever in the national competition.
The team scored 54,081 points out of a possible 60,000, and four broke the 9,000 individual-points barrier out of a possible 10,000.
Jimmy Wu, with a score of 9,182, was the first "C" level, or "varsity," student to break 9,000. Three others -- Sean Wejebe (9,441), Lev Tauz (9,430) and Hamidah Mahmud (9,182), the three "A" students -- also passed that benchmark.
The two-day, 10-subject competition that began Thursday in Albuquerque consisted of 32 other teams from across the country, and one international school from London. Students are tested on everything from arts and economics to science and literature.
This is the 13th national title for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
-- Rick Rojas in Albuquerque