Granada Hills Charter High School will vie for its eighth national Academic Decathlon championship next week, after emerging victorious in the California statewide competition.
Granada Hills won the California decathlon by scoring 54,021.1 out of a possible 60,000 points. That was good enough to edge out its long-time rival, El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, which placed second with 53,665.5 points.
Mark Keppel High School, which won the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon, placed third, while Grant High School, the Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon winner, took fourth place.
Granada Hills has won the national title seven times, most recently in 2019.
“The team wants to thank their coaches and parents for all their support. The students are looking forward to representing Granada Hills Charter in what will be a very competitive and tough national competition,” Brian Bauer, GHC executive director, said in a statement.
The team is made of students Dwaipayan Chanda, Eunice Choi, Joshua Choi, Chloe Hyun, Justin Kim, Hirusha Liyanage, Jasdeep Sidhu, and Zorex Villadelgado Jr., along with alternates Rachel Heo, Aroa Kim and Anthony Mercado. The coaches are Alina Lee, Linda Kang and Amy Contreras.
The topic of this year’s competition is The Cold War.