LAUSD title now in Granada Hills

first_imgWinners were announced during the district’s awards banquet at the Los Angeles Convention Center. County decathlon winners will be announced Thursday in Montebello, while winning teams from private schools will be named Sunday. Granada Hills and seven wild-card teams from the Los Angeles Unified School District will compete next month at the state Academic Decathlon in Los Angeles. The winner of that contest will go to the national championship in April in Honolulu. California has won 13 of 25 national championships, with nine of those won by LAUSD teams. Last year, Taft High School of Woodland Hills won its third national championship. Taft also won in 1988 and 1993. This year’s top individual scorer was North Hollywood High’s Jasmine Florentine, 18, who garnered 8,929 of a possible 10,000 points. After years of watching Academic Decathlon teams from Woodland Hills capture first place among Los Angeles Unified schools, Granada Hills Charter was named district champ late Tuesday after posting the highest score in the nation. This is the initial time Granada Hills placed first, toppling reigning national champ Taft High School, which finished in a distant seventh place. The nine-member team from Granada Hills scored 49,775 of a possible 60,000 points and will represent the district in the state finals next month. “This is a credit to all of the last teams I’ve coached, because without their success this team wouldn’t have bought into the program,” said Nicholas Weber, who has coached the Granada Hills team for four years. “Last year I only won one medal because I didn’t study hard enough,” Florentine said. “This time I studied the guide over and over.” Four-time national champion El Camino Real High School, also of Woodland Hills, came in second in the district, with 48,880.6 of a possible 60,000 points. Last year, El Camino also placed second to Taft. El Camino took the top national prize in 2005. North Hollywood High School came in third with 48,113.3 points. The LAUSD’s five other wild-card teams are Marshall High School, Garfield High School, Palisades Charter High School, Taft High School and Narbonne High School in Harbor City. The Academic Decathlon consists of multiple-choice tests in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music and science, as well as the Super Quiz oral relay and written contests, interviews, speech and essay competitions. Although teams can compete with as few as six students, each typically has nine: three with grade-point averages of 3.75 to 4.00; three with GPAs of 3.00 to 3.74; and three with GPAs below 3.00. [email protected] (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more