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Beverly Hills High Acadeca Ties For 1st Place In County Academic Decathlon Super Quiz

Back row (from left): Adrian Lo, Claire Kim, Daniel Wiener, Katie Wu and David Noah Pals. Front row (from left): Maxbryan Cosmosse and Nellie Soames. Not pictured: Ian Kim and Claire German.

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 6:56 pm

By Laura Coleman

The Beverly Hills High School Academic Decathlon tied for first place in the LA County Academic Decathlon Super Quiz at a ceremony yesterday afternoon at the Quiet Cannon Country Club Montebello. West High School in Torrance also shared the first place spot with BHHS.

The nine-member team will now compete at the state competition in March.

With over 300 students competing, BHHS senior Katie Wu was the second highest individual scorer in the competition with the team as a whole earning gold for being the most improved scoring school. Beverly Hills ranked third in the overall team score among the 39 schools that competed in this year’s Acadeca LA County Regionals.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of our incredible team of students led by Coach Mathias and Coach Johnson,” said BHHS Principal Mark Mead. “They’ve worked since last April reviewing study guides, reading novels, and writing speeches for this year’s theme, the 1960’s. These coaches and students have dedicated to daily study, weekend work, and competition preparation. This team’s commitment to this success is second-to-none.”

The BHHS team began preparation almost a year ago and has spent hundreds of hours becoming scholars and Renaissance people, amassing an incredible amount of knowledge into the 1960’s.

The Decathlon is an academic competition in which students master ten subjects at a college level, including Art, Economics, Essay-writing, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Interview Skills, Science, Social Science, and Public Speaking. A team consists of three ‘A’ students (Honors), three ‘B’ students (Scholastic), and three ‘C’ students (Varsity).

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