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LAUSD Schools Compete For Academic Decathlon Title
Posted 4/4/19


From March 21 to the 23rd nine teams from Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) participated in the California Academic Decathlon competition in Sacramento. They joined 59 other schools from across the state for three days of giving speeches, sharing interviews and taking tests to demonstrate their knowledge of the 1960’s.

Students from LAUSD excelled both individually and as teams. Julia Gomez from Valley Academy of Arts & Sciences was a top scoring scholastic student from Division 3 schools with a total of 7,088.60 out of 10,000 points. Naim Wright from Westchester Magnet, also from Division 3, was the highest scoring student with 8,343.60 points.

LAUSD had four winners from Division 2.  Varsity team member Diego Mora from Bell HS earned 6,975.60 points. Scholastic students Langston Prince from Marshall High School and Daniel Cardenas from Bell High School earned 7,557.60 points and 7,724.90 points respectively. In addition, honor student Alan Cuevas from Bell HS earned 8,594.40 points for recognition.

Special acknowledgement goes to the following students for earning perfect scores of 1000 in individual events:

  • Mathematics - Brennan Azizi, Grant High School
  • Speech - Brandon Colechio, Valley Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Interview - Albert Liu, North Hollywood High School


Overall team scores were as follows:

  • First place - Division 3, Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • First place - Division 2, Bell High School
  • Third place - Division 1, Grant High School


All participating students, their tireless coaches and supportive administrative teams deserve congratulations and praise for jobs well done!


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