Granada Hills Charter High School reigns as California Academic Decathlon winner

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Granada Hills Charter High School captured the California Academic Decathlon title once again this weekend in Sacramento, clearing the way for it to defend its prestigious national title in Wisconsin next month.

It was the San Fernando Valley school’s sixth state Academic Decathlon win since 2011 and it will be vying for just as many national titles when it competes at the 35th Annual United States Academic Decathlon Championship from April 17-23 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Granada Hills team scored 55,211.0 points out of 60,000 possible in the grueling battle of wits, poise and concentration, beating out more than 65 other high schools, according to California Academic Decathlon.

California has won the last fourteen national titles in nearly three dozen years of national competition, the Golden State has placed first or second every year but one, according to CAD.

Because of their high scores in their categories, three other high schools will get to compete in the U.S. Academic Decathlon Online National Competitions in April. They are El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, which won the large school title, Edgewood High School in West Covina, which won the medium school title and St. Helena High School in Napa County, which won the small school title.

Since 1987, Los Angeles Unified School District schools have won 21 state contests and 17 national titles, according to the district.

The Decathlon is made up of 10 separate competitions: speech, prepared and impromptu interviews, essay, art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, social science and “Super Quiz” written and oral relay. This year’s theme was World War II.

The Granada Hills Charter team members are: Melissa Santos, Aishah Mahmud, Kevin Ly (Honor Students); Mark Aguila, Christopher Lo, Peter Shin (Scholastic Students); Sebastian Gonzalez, Sabrina Carlos, Jordan Barretto (Varsity Students); and coaches Rachael Phipps, Jonathan Sturtevant and Harsimar Dhanoa; and coach emeritus Mathew Arnold.


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