‘Hard work’ pays off: LAUSD announces Academic Decathlon winners

LOS ANGELES – Highland Park’s Benjamin Franklin High School has won this year’s Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon, topping Grant High School, and will go on to compete in the statewide competition in March.

It was a first-time win for Franklin’s eight-member team. The remaining top spots went to Grant, which took second place; Garfield High School, third; Bell High School, fourth; and North Hollywood High School, fifth.

Franklin High and nine other top-scoring LAUSD schools will compete in the California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento March 21-24. The Top 5 schools will be joined in Sacramento by teams from Van Nuys and Marshall high schools, the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets.

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“Congratulations to all of our students and coaches for their dedication and hard work,” LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said after the winners were announced Saturday during a ceremony at Hollywood High School. “And to our Franklin High School champions, we are so proud of you and wish you well as you prepare for the State Championship.”

Teams from 55 LAUSD high schools competed during the weekend of Feb. 2- 3 in speech, interview and essay contests and were also required to demonstrate skill in the arts, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music and social science.

LAUSD board president Monica Garcia had words of praise for all of the student competitors.

“Congratulations to all of our amazing scholars,” Garcia said. “And congratulations to our driven, determined and competitive decathletes from Franklin High School. After many years of placing in the Top 5, your winning attitude is to be commended.”

Separately, students from non-LAUSD high schools competed in a countywide Academic Decathlon in Pico Rivera on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 where West High School in Torrance came out on top and is also headed to the state competition.

The statewide winner will compete in the U.S. Academic Decathlon April 25-27 in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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