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Two California teams advance to national academic decathlon

March 17, 2013 |  1:09 pm

For the first time, two Academic Decathlon teams from California will proceed to the national competition, setting the stage for a showdown between former national title winners from Los Angeles Unified.

Granada Hills Charter High School -- the winner at nationals the last two years -- took first place Sunday in the state competition held this weekend in Sacramento, the team's third consecutive win here. The team scored 56,165 points.

El Camino Real High School took second place, scoring 55,669 points. The team also has been invited to the national competition in the first year that more than one team from a state has been allowed to proceed.

The national contest will be held in Minneapolis on April 25-27.

The top five spots in the state competition were claimed by Los Angeles County schools. Franklin, Marshall and Beverly Hills high schools took third, fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Los Angeles County, including schools from L.A. Unified and from other districts in the county, sent 18 teams to Sacramento to be among the 61 teams from across the state participating.

The competition began Friday and included rigorous testing in such subjects as math, science, art, music and economics, as well giving speeches and being interviewed by judges.

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-- Rick Rojas in Sacramento

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