Academic Decathlon Takes First Place!

There’s a Three-way Tie for First Place Based on Unofficial, Final Score

Los Angeles—Garfield, Granada Hills Charter and Marshall high schools finished in a three-way tie for first place honors in the LAUSD “Super Quiz” competition Saturday, culminating this year’s LAUSD 2010 Academic Decathlon contest. All three high schools earned an unofficial score of 59 points, one point shy of 60, the highest score possible. In an exciting and competitive race, Franklin High School finished second with 57 points.

Several schools finished with unofficial tied scores, making this year’s “Super Quiz” contest one of the tightest and most exciting in recent years.
In all, 64 teams of high school decathletes competed in this year’s contest before a spirited crowd of family members, classmates, friends and District educators, including LAUSD Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines, at the Roybal Learning Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Four schools—El Camino Real High School, Grant High School, Monroe High School and San Pedro High School—tied for third place with 54 points. There was also a tie for fourth place between Palisades Charter High School and San Fernando High School. Each school scored 53 points. The Elizabeth Learning Center and Canoga Park High School tied for fifth place with 52 points. Four schools—Dorsey High School, Los Angeles High School, Hamilton High School and Francis Polytechnic High School—tied for sixth place, each scoring 51 points.
Rounding out the Top 10 scoring schools in the “Super Quiz” competition are:
  • North Hollywood High School, seventh place, with 50 points
  • Lincoln High School, eighth place, with 49 points
  • Bell High School and Van Nuys High School tied for ninth place with 48 points
  • Narbonne High School, 10th place, with 47 points
This year’s study topic was the French Revolution.
The final and official top scores for the “Super Quiz” competition, as well as 10 area subjects - speech, interview and essay, art, economics, language/literature, math, music, science, social science - will be tabulated and the winner of this year’s LAUSD Academic Decathlon will be announced on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the awards ceremony at Hollywood High School.

The following students are Garfield's 2010 Decathletes:
Edward Valle
Brenda Gonsalez
Stephanie Haro
Lizet Gonzalez
Rudy Audela
Miguel Leyva
Joshua Hernandez
Edgar Mota
Alexis Lopez
The winning school/team and wild card teams will go on to compete in the 2010 California Academic Decathlon, scheduled March 12-15, in Sacramento.
The LAUSD 2010 Academic Decathlon “Super Quiz” will be rebroadcast on KLCS-TV, the District’s public television station, on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 8 a.m.; Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 a.m. It will also be rebroadcast on the City Channel, LA36, on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.