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Nail-biting finishes for local schools at Academic Decathlon Super Quiz

February 5, 2011 |  8:58 pm

In tight contests for bragging rights in the 2011 Academic Decathlon's crowning event, the Super Quiz, Granada Hills Charter High School and Marshall High School tied for first place Saturday night with 57 points each in the Los Angeles Unified School District competition.

Two teams finished at the top in the Los Angeles County Office of Education event as well, with Alhambra and Burbank tied at 49 points.

The 30-question Super Quiz, held before cheering crowds of family and classmates, is usually a good indicator of which school will prevail in the 10-test regional round of the competition. But this year the winner won't be known until all events are scored and announced at awards ceremonies on Thursday for L.A. County schools and Friday for L.A. Unified.

The county schools' Super Quiz was particularly close, with just one point separating three more schools--Arcadia, El Rancho and West High of Torrance--from the lead.

For L.A. Unified, San Fernando finished second with 49 points, and Canoga Park and Franklin tied for third with 48 in the quiz. The maximum score is 60.

Geology was this year's Super Quiz subject for the nine-member teams in three grade-point groupings. 

The winners from each of the two districts will advance to the state competition in Sacramento. The national final, which L.A. Unified schools have won 11 times since 1987, takes place in Charlotte, N.C., in April.

--Carol J. Williams