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El Camino Real Charter High wins online Academic Decathlon

May 4, 2012 |  6:09 pm

A Los Angeles high school has once again won the Academic Decathlon -- this time in an online competition for schools across the nation.

El Camino Real Charter High School -- a former decathlon national champion -- won a virtual version of the 10-subject battle of wits. El Camino Real outscored other large-school teams from Texas, Pennsylvania and Idaho with a final tally of 39,423 points, according to U.S. Academic Decathlon, the organization that held the tournament.

El Camino Real students took seven of the nine highest-scoring places in the tournament: A-level, or "honor," students Aaron Lit, Nathaniel Barlow and Amanda Fitzmorris; B-level "scholastic" student Laura Lei; and C-level "varsity" students Eric Werner, Adrian LaFave and Cabal Johnson.

El Camino Real, a longtime powerhouse in the decathlon, had come in second place at the California decathlon competition in March. The team has won more national titles than any other in decathlon history: in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010.

Granada Hills Charter High School won the title last week after a two-day competition in Albuquerque, where the team came away with the highest score ever at the nationals. It was Granada Hills' second year in a row to claim the title and Los Angeles Unified's 13th national title.

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-- Rick Rojas

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