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Granada Hills Charter High School won the Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon for the fifth time in six years, district officials announced.

Granada Hills scored 55,175.7 points out of a possible 60,000. Marshall was second with 55,029.8 and Franklin third with 54,713.7.

Ten other teams also qualified Friday for the California Academic Decathlon, which will be held March 17-20 in Sacramento: El Camino Real Charter; Garfield; Bell; Van Nuys; Grant; Narbonne; Hamilton; North Hollywood; Cleveland Charter; and Lincoln.

Cleveland Charter and Lincoln both qualified for the state competition for the first time.

Joshua Lin of Granada Hills was the top individual scorer with 9,641.4 points, tying the record among all competitions initially set by Kris Sankaran of Moorpark in 2009 and Irene Lee of Granada Hills in 2015.

Kevin Murchie of Garfield and Larry Welch of Marshall shared the Coach of the Year award.

The Academic Decathlon began Jan. 30 at the Roybal Learning Center near downtown Los Angeles, with teams competing in the speech, interview and essay portions.

The competition concluded Saturday with tests in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music and social science and the Super Quiz, also at the Roybal Learning Center.

The study topic was India.

The results were announced at an awards ceremony at Hollywood High School.

—City News Service

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