Valley team wins second consecutive National Title
SHERMAN OAKS, CA – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) congratulated the Granada Hills Charter High School Academic Decathlon team after defending their National Title at the 31st Annual U.S. Academic Decathlon Competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Last month, Granada Hills Charter High School won the 2012 California Academic Decathlon to advance to the national finals. This is California’s tenth consecutive national title.
“I am very proud of the hard work and determination demonstrated by the Acadeca students from Granada Hills Charter High School during this competition,” said Congressman Sherman. “These students have proven once again that our San Fernando Valley public schools are representing our community through our commitment to academic excellence. We must continue to support our local public schools and give them the tools and resources to help our young students become future leaders in our community,” added Congressman Sherman.
The Granada Hills Charter High School Academic Decathlon team is coached by Matt Arnold, Nick Weber, and Spencer Wolf. The Acadeca Team includes the following students: Christian Koguchi, Stella Lee, Priscilla Liu, Kimberly Ly, Hamidah Mahmud, Lev Tauz, Julia Wall, Sean Wejebe, and Jimmy Wu.
The Academic Decathlon is a team competition wherin students match their intellects with students from other schools. Students are tested in 10 categories: Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science and Speech. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for individual events and total scores. Winning teams advance through the local, regional and state levels of competition. The state champions compete at the national finals.
Congressman Sherman has represented Granada Hills in Congress for the last ten years.