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Keppel Wins County Academic Decathlon

  • By David Barron

Mark Keppel High School swept by it's competition to win the 2014 Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon (LACAD) team title, county education officials announced today (2-12-14).

Mark Keppel High, which primarily draws students from Monterey Park, won the decathlon with a tally of 46,723.70 out of a possible 65,400 points.

South Pasadena finished a close second with 46,687.40 points. The team from Alhambra High School placed 7th with a score of 43,586.70.

By winning the LACAD, Mark Keppel automatically advances to the California Academic Decathlon scheduled for March 20 -23 in Sacramento. But, because their scores were high enough to qualify as statewide "wild-card,"  teams from Alhambra, South Pasadena, Redondo Union, Beverly Hills, West (Torrance), South (Torrance), Edgewood (West Covina), Torrance, Burbank, El Rancho (Pico Rivera) and West Ranch (Stevenson Ranch) have also won slots in the state contest.

Alhambra student Bonnie Lam placed third place in the overall Individual scorers. She scored 8,294 points out of a possible 10,000 points. The top-scoring athlete was Daniel Wang from West High School with 8,911.40 points followed by Luke Murphy of Redondo Union High Schoo, who totaled 8,473.30 points.

San Gabriel High School was also singled out  as one of the schools with most improved scores compared to last year with a 7,561 point improvement.

At the same time, Alhambra High team coach Cynthia Cardone was honored with the Roberta Kordich Coach Award for commitment and dedication to the program..

"We hear a lot about what's wrong with public dducation, but here today, in this room, we see all what's right with publication," said Arturo Delgado, L.A. County superintendent of public education.

"I appreciate the special commitment from so many districts, from superintendents and school boards, to support the Academic Decathlon despite all the financial pressures we're all experiencing."

The LACAD competition, which this year focused on the study theme of World War 1, took place on Jan. 25 at El Rancho High School and Feb. 1 at the University of Southern California. The LACAD is open to public high schools in the county that are outside the Los Angeles Unified School District, which holds a separate Academic Decathlon competion.

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