For the fourth year in a row, South Pasadena High School was named Thursday the winner of the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon, again propelling the team to the statewide competition in March.
The school won the decathlon with 57,353.7 points out of a possible 60,000, a nearly 100-point improvement over its score last year.
An additional seven “wild-card” teams will be joining South Pasadena at the state competition, held in Sacramento March 22-25, as a result of their qualifying scores. The advancing high schools, and their scores, are:
— Mark Keppel, 55,071;
— West, 52,683.5;
— Rosemead, 48,090.5;
— Alhambra, 47,191.4;
— Redondo Union, 46,021.7;
— South, 46,009.8; and
— Edgewood, 45,525.5.
Nearly 500 students from 60 teams participated in the county decathlon, which focused on Africa and took place Jan. 27 and Feb. 3.
The top individual scorer was Thomas Sawano of South Pasadena High, who scored 9,267.4 points out of a possible 10,000. Steven Chin of South Pasadena High scored 9,182.8, and Allison Ou from South Pasadena High scored 9,176.4.
The winner of the state competition will advance to the U.S. Academic Decathlon taking place in Frisco, Texas in April.
The winner of the Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon, which is held separately from the county, is expected to be announced Sunday. The district’s Granada Hills Charter High School has won the national competition six of the last seven years, interrupted only in 2014, when another LAUSD school, El Camino Real, won the title.
–City News Service