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Rally to honor Academic Decathlon champs from Granada Hills

April 30, 2012 |  7:46 am

This post has been corrected. See below for details.

The newly crowned Academic Decathlon national champion team from Granada Hills Charter High School will be greeted at the school Monday with a rally.

For the second year in a row, Granada Hills Charter High School won the national Academic Decathlon, clinching the highest score ever in the competition last week.

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 team will be greeted by cheerleaders and bagpipes before a welcome rally, the school said.

The two-day, 10-subject competition in Albuquerque consisted of 31 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.

[For the record, 7:54 a.m. April 30: An earlier version of this post said there were 32 other teams from the U.S.]

This is the 13th national title for the Los Angeles Unified School District.


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Photo: Kimberly Ly, right, hugs Jenny Baek, left, with Priscilla Liu watching, far right, following a celebration Monday morning at Granada Hills Charter High School as the Academic Decathlon students returned home to a celebration. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times