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As the 2021 LAUSD Academic Pentathlon comes to a conclusion, we would like to congratulate all the students who participated. Your dedication to this program during uncertain times never wavered, and because of you, our program continues to be successful.

Below are a few of this year’s winners. For a full list of winners see our 2nd Annual Academic Pentathlon Program or watch our Awards Program Video.

                                                                                               2021 2nd Annual Academic Pentathlon Program                                  2021 Pentathlon Video Icon

2021 Pentathlon Competition Results


                                   6th GRADE

                                                                                              Reseda Charter High School                             12228.6
                                                                                              Young Oak Kim Academy                                  10586.6
                                                                                              Migrant Education Program                              8064

                                  7th GRADE

                                                                                              Vista Middle School                                            11867
                                                                                              John Burroughs Middle School                         11222
                                                                                              Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter        9892

                                  8th GRADE

                                                                                              Lake Balboa College Prep Magnet K-12           13084
                                                                                              Holmes Middle School                                        12905
                                                                                              Vista Middle School                                             11827



Coach: Allison Gorjian
Vista Middle School


Principal: Felicia Drew
Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter

District-wide Top-Scoring Individuals

                                    Grade 6

                                                                       3216 Points           Naomi Goldman                Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter

                                    Grade 7

                                                                       3307 Points           Aahana Sinha                     John Burroughs Middle School

                                    Grade 8

                                                                       4156 Points           Hillary Tong                        John Burroughs Middle School




                                                                      3066       Jackson Perkins                        Paul Revere Middle School
                                                                      2876       Kenadie Gillette                        John Burroughs Middle School
                                                                      2852       Rhavvi Alvarenga                     Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter


                                                                      3216       Naomi Goldman                      Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter
                                                                      2283       Carson Miller                            Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter
                                                                      2057       Nicholas Deguzman                Reseda Charter High School


                                                                      2253        Anton Melnik                            Reseda Charter High School
                                                                      2167        Jueun Cho                                 Sepulveda Middle School
                                                                      2069        Karina Dordi                             Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter



                                                                      3307        Aahana Sinha                           John Burroughs Middle School
                                                                      3283        Joel Lee                                      Sepulveda Middle School
                                                                      3167        Seth Nabat                                Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter


                                                                      2600         James Ackerman                      John Burroughs Middle School
                                                                      2596         Leo Ramirez-Sanchez              John Burroughs Middle School
                                                                      2388         David Mijangos                        Migrant Education Program


                                                                      2586         Jessie Ruiz                                 Vista Middle School
                                                                      2100         Denise Ramirez                       Berber Vista Middle School
                                                                      1463         Yosgar Garcia                           Vista Middle School



                                                                      4156         Hillary Tong                              John Burroughs Middle School
                                                                      4056         Abhishai Ganta                        Hale Charter Academy
                                                                      3623         Taylor Nguyen                         Hale Charter Academy


                                                                      3166          Emely Cartagena                    Lake Balboa College Prep Magnet K-12
                                                                      2445          Alex Simonyan                        Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter
                                                                      2312          Basilio Reyes                           Hale Charter Academy


                                                                      1878          Jason Campos-Ramirez          Vista Middle School
                                                                      1686          Andrea Liwanag                      Vista Middle School
                                                                      1584          Rivkah Bartomeo                    Lake Balboa College Prep Magnet K-12



The United States Academic Pentathlon (USAP) held two national-level competitions this year. The Virtual National Competition gathered the states’ highest scoring 7th and 8th grade teams to crown the official Pentathlon National Champion. Congratulations to Fairmont Historic Anaheim (20,518.80 points) and Arborland Montessori (18,266.30 points) for winning the California Pentathlon Competition and representing the state at the Virtual National Competition.  
The Online National Competition gave teams who did not qualify for the Virtual Competition the opportunity to compete against other states’ teams and measure their skills. Congratulations to Burroughs Middle School, Sepulveda Middle School, Revere Charter Middle School, Millikan Affiliated Charter Middle School, Lake Balboa College Prep, and Young Oak Kim Academy for their participation.  
Also, special mentions go to Hillary Tong from Burroughs Middle School for placing first in the Honors category of the 8th grade competition with 3,919.51 points, and Naomi Goldman from Millikan Affiliated Charter Middle School for placing third in the Scholastic 8th grade competition with 2,670.93 points.  


what is academic pentathlon?

Academic Pentathlon is an exciting five-event competition for students in grades 6, 7 and 8. The program engages students of all achievement levels in a variety of challenging academic events, while also preparing them to participate in Academic Decathlon.

Under the guidance of an adult coach, teams of students prepare for competition in subject areas of fine arts (art and music), literature (including essay analysis), math, science, and social science.

Next year’s topic was just announced as Water: A Most Essential Resource. Signing up early allows schools to plan ahead their budgeting for instructional materials and staffing, recruit students and coaches, as well as determine meeting times.

Middle schools who are interested qualify for free curriculum, resources, competition registration, and Beyond the Bell support. If interested, please fill out the Intent to Participate form.

For Students and Parents who would like to sign up for the Academic Pentathlon team at your school, please fill out our Student Sign-up Form.

2021 Water theme

Competition format


An essay will be completed approximately three weeks before the competition and it will count for 40% of the student's Literature grade. The essay is a chance for the student to demonstrate not just what they have learned, but how powerfully they can present an idea.


   Students will take an exam in each of the following topics:

  • Fine Arts (Music and Art)
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science

2020-21 KEY DATES (draft)





Friday, October 15, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Kick-off Coaches Meeting – Online


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

DUE: Intent to Participate (Final Deadline)


Saturday, February 26, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



Friday, March 4, 2022

DUE: Team Registration Documents


Friday, March 18, 2022
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LAUSD Online Essay - Proctored at School Sites.

Prompts: Based on designated novel


Saturday, April 2, 2022
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LAUSD Competition – Online Objective Tests & Super Quiz


Saturday, April 9, 2022
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LAUSD Awards Ceremony


May 19–21, 2022

USAD National Competition



Academic Pentathlon is designed for students to become more knowledgeable and stronger all-around students as well as experience the challenges of rigorous team and individual academic competition.  


Students will also be able to: 

• Strengthen self-esteem. 

• Build character, grit, and perseverance.  

• Improve academic achievement and skills. 

• Develop team spirit and school pride.

• Foster communication and collaboration.


Luis Mora | Enrichment Programs Administrator | Beyond the Bell | LAUSD | 213-241-7900