FRANKLIN HILLS–For the first time in nearly two decades, the John Marshall High School Barristers academic decathlon team has won the annual Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Academic Decathlon and is headed to the state level competition next month in Sacramento.
The nine-member team scored a total of 55,785.7 points out of a possible 65,400 in the 10-quiz competition, tested subjects including art, mathematics, literature and science. The scores of all quizzes were tallied together to declare the winner.
Marshall beat out reigning state and national champs, Granada Hills Charter School, which earned second place honors with 55,728.4 points. El Camino Real Charter High School placed third with 55,356.4, Taft Charter High School nabbed fourth place honors 46,874.9, and Franklin High School finished fifth with 46,763.3 points. Those schools, along with Garfield, Bell, Hamilton, Narbonne, Van Nuys, Grant and North Hollywood high schools, will all advance to the California Academic Decathlon contest scheduled March 20th – 23rd in Sacramento.
Fifty-nine teams of nine students across all grade-point averages took part in this year’s competition.
The team that wins the statewide competition goes on to nationals in April, this year being held in Hawaii. Since 1987, LAUSD teams have won 19 state contests and 14 national titles. Previously, Marshall High won the state and national championships in 1986 and 1995.
Members of the Marshall team are: Aninda Bhowmick, Kimiyo Bremer, Alexander Guillen, Kenneth Huh, Ha Min Ko, John Lascano, Wen Lee, Alayna Myrick and Marvin Paparisto. The coach is Larry Welch. Paparisto earned top prize in the Honor Division (GPA of 3.75 and above) with 9154.3 points. Bhowmick was honored as the best scoring student in the Scholastic Division (GPA 3.00-3.74) with 8801.4 points.
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