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The top-scoring individual decathlete was Molly Kim (center) of West High School with a score of 9,520 (out of a possible 10,000). She was followed by Benjamin Lin (right) of Edgewood High School with 9,493 points. Third place went to Anthony Chen from South Pasadena High School, who tallied 9,026.4 points.

South Pasadena High School dominated the 2016 Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon (LACAD) for the second consecutive year with a tally of 55,373.90 points, even higher than their previous score of 52,572.50 points (out of a possible 60,000).

By winning the LACAD, South Pasadena automatically advances to the California Academic Decathlon March 17-20 in Sacramento. But because their scores were high enough to qualify, an additional nine LACAD teams were invited to compete in the state Decathlon as “wild-card” entrants.

The 2016 LACAD results were announced by LACOE Communications Director Frank Kwan at ceremonies held Feb. 11 at the Quiet Cannon Country Club in Montebello. Nearly 500 students from 52 teams, which included 11 practice squads, participated in the decathlon that is annually presented by the Office of Education.

The top-scoring individual decathlete was Molly Kim of West High School (Torrance) with a score of 9,520 (out of a possible 10,000). She was followed by Benjamin Lin of Edgewood High School (West Covina) with 9,493 points. Third place went to Anthony Chen from South Pasadena High School, who tallied 9,026.4 points.

The LACAD competition, which this year focused on the study theme of “India,” took place Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera. The LACAD is open to public high schools in the county that are outside of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which holds a separate competition and awards ceremony.

The Academic Decathlon is a local-county/state/national honors program designed to promote self-assurance, academic enrichment and teamwork among students from a diversity of academic backgrounds.

Decathlon teams are composed of students from all grade-point averages. Decathletes are challenged to use analytical skills, performance abilities and test-taking and writing aptitude in 10 subjects: Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language & Literature, Math, Music, Social Science, Speech and Super Quiz.

The winning team at LACAD, along with top-scoring squad(s) that may qualify as “wild card” entrants, will participate in the California Academic Decathlon scheduled for March 17-20 in Sacramento. The winning team at state advances to the U.S. Academic Decathlon on April 1, 5 and 7 online and then April 29 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Watch highlights of the 2016 L.A. County Academic Decathlon here.

Key team and individual results follow.


Overall Team Scores (out of a possible 60,000 points):
1. South Pasadena High School - South Pasadena Unified School District - 55,373.90
2. Edgewood High School - West Covina Unified School District - 54,210.50
3. West High School - Torrance Unified School District - 51,979.70
4. Mark Keppel High School - Alhambra Unified School District - 51,282.50
5. Beverly Hills High School - Beverly Hills Unified School District - 50,603.80
6. Burbank High School - Burbank Unified School District - 49,207.20
7. Redondo Union High School - Redondo Beach Unified School District - 47,156.40
8. Alhambra High School - Alhambra Unified School District - 46,389.70
9. Arcadia High School - Arcadia Unified School District - 45,532.00
10. West Ranch High School - Hart Union High School District - 43,476.80

Top 3 Overall Individual Scorers (out of a possible 10,000 points):
1. Molly Kim, West High School - 9,520 points
2. Benjamin Lin, Edgewood High School - 9,493 points
3. Anthony Chen, South Pasadena High School - 9,026.4 points

Schools With Most Improved Scores (compared to last year):
Arcadia High School - 18,428.10 point improvement
Mountain View High School - 8,581.80 point improvement
La Serna High School - 4,982.30 point improvement

Rookie School of the Year:
Quartz Hill High School - Antelope Valley Union High School District - 27,997.90 points

Roberta Kordich Coach Award (for commitment & dedication):
Coach Ann Cortina - West High School

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