On February 8th, John Marshall High School’s Academic Decathlon competed with 59 other Los Angeles Unified School teams for City Championship. John Marshall got the highest overall score and was declared City Champions. Winning this title they will move onto the state competition in Sacramento.
This massive accomplishment has electrified the Marshall Campus, and upon looking further into this program, I realized what a team effort this win was. My Trigonometry teacher, one of the academic decathlon coaches in math, stated that the math score for John Marshall High School was currently the highest in the nation. He claims one reason for this huge success was the focus on Math and Economics sections of the competition throughout the training period, because these areas have the widest spread of points.
The other math coach is Amy Tan, a senior at Marshall. She was on the Academic Decathlon her sophomore and junior years, and this year has been tutoring each member of the team individually. She writes her own tests, each tailored to the specific students weaknesses. Additionally, as she continues to work with the team throughout the year, she has been writing math exams for a company called Academy. She has been offered a Dean Scholarship to USC, has been accepted to UC Berkley, and aspires to pursue medicine. She stated that this year’s team was exceptionally strong and she looks forward to their competition in Sacramento.
Another key player in the team’s success is Marvin Paparisto, currently holding the second highest overall score in the country. Marvin is also a senior who has been on the team since junior year, having not made the team his sophomore year. Marvin stated that he looks forward to future competitions and that the team continues to prepare staying at school until 8 p.m. or later.
This team has been a beacon of inspiration for our school and their dedication will surely pay off. We wish them luck!
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