A.V. schools stand out in decathlon

first_imgA total of 43 teams and about 500 students participated in the competition. Teams can score a possible 60,000 points. Decathletes use analytical skills, performance abilities and test-taking and writing aptitude in 10 subject areas: art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, math, music, social science, speech and the Super Quiz. Organized by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the decathlon is open to public high schools outside the Los Angeles Unified School District, which holds a separate competition. The theme this year was China and its global influence. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Two Antelope Valley high schools made a good showing in this year’s Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon. Knight High School, in its first year of competition, was named Rookie School of the Year and placed in the top 30, and Lancaster High was one of three schools that improved their scores the most. Knight scored 28,816 points and was in 27th place. Knight’s team also scored second in the Super Quiz in its division. “They worked real hard, lots of hours, lots of Saturdays. They spent a long time studying the material,” said Layne Heiny, chemistry teacher and team adviser. “They dedicated an awful lot of time before and after school, not getting any class credit.” Knight senior Samson Truong was the Knight team’s top scorer and returned home with eight medals, including a gold in the essay category. “It was very fun and exciting and intense,” said Truong, 17. “It took a lot of time and dedication and commitment. I had to give up so much of my time from other extracurricular activities.” Lancaster High scored 23,452, a 9,988-point improvement over last year. The point gain was the highest among the three schools recognized in that category. Team adviser Tom Mayton said the team’s experience helped this year. Five team members have been participating in the event for three years. “We have a lot of the same students who we had last year. It’s not only the team that improved but also individual students,” Mayton said. “I think that part of it is experience. It’s not like training a different group of kids every year.” last_img

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