L.A. decathlon win­ner named

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Car­los Lozano

Ben­jamin Franklin High School has won the 2018-19 Aca­demic Decathlon for the Los An­ge­les Uni­fied School District, of­fi­cials an­nounced Satur­day.

“To­day you shined the bright­est with your skill, hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion,” the district tweeted in its an­nounce­ment.

The aca­demic tour­na­ment took place last week­end, but the awards cer­e­mony was held Satur­day af­ter­noon at Hollywood High School, where the win­ner was an­nounced.

Nine-stu­dent teams from each of 55 par­tic­i­pat­ing schools com­peted in speech, in­ter­view and es­say con­tests, while also demon­strat­ing their knowl­edge in the arts, eco­nom­ics, lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture, math­e­mat­ics, mu­sic and so­cial science. The scores of all ses­sions are tal­lied to­gether to name an over­all win­ner.

Other school dis­tricts par­tic­i­pate in a sep­a­rate com­pe­ti­tion man­aged by the L.A. County Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion. The 2019 county win­ner, an­nounced last week, is West High School in Tor­rance. It, too, will move on to the state com­pe­ti­tion March 22-24 in Sacramento. The state cham­pion will then ad­vance to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion April 25-27 in Bloom­ing­ton, Minn.

Schools from L.A. Uni­fied have won 18 na­tional titles since 1987.

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