CAL­I­FOR­NIA BRIEF­ING

Granada Hills wins Aca­demic De­cathlon

Los Angeles Times - - THE WEATHER - — Car­los Lozano and Teresa Watan­abe

Granada Hills Char­ter High School won the na­tional 2015 Aca­demic De­cathlon on Satur­day, mark­ing the fourth time in the last five years the San Fer­nando Val­ley school has claimed the honor.

The school earned 53,592 points out of 66,000 in the scholas­tic con­test, beat­ing out 46 other high school teams for the ti­tle.

More than 450 stu­dents gath­ered in Gar­den Grove this week to com­pete in the three-day de­cathlon, whose theme was al­ter­na­tive en­ergy.

Mem­bers of the cham­pi­onship team in­cluded Peter Cho, Je­nean Doc­ter, Natalie Gon­za­lez, Jas­min Kim, Irene Lee, Tan­thai Pongstien, Fer­nando Sanchez and Jorge Zepeda. Ju­lia How­el­man is the ad­min­is­tra­tor, and the coaches are Matt Arnold and Jon Sturte­vant.

“I’m al­ways amazed by the in­cred­i­ble ded­i­ca­tion of the Aca­demic De­cathlon’s stu­dents and coaches, and for the sac­ri­fices they and their fam­i­lies make in pre­par­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion,” said L.A. Uni­fied school board mem­ber Ta­mar Galatzan.

“I’m very grate­ful to all of them and so proud to have Granada Hills Char­ter rep­re­sent­ing Los An­ge­les Uni­fied.”

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