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AcaDec places fourth in LAUSD competition

After competing in this year’s first scrimmage, the Academic Decathlon team placed fourth overall in LAUSD.
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GOING FOR GOLD This year’s AcaDeca team meets during period 4. Top row (L to R): Jasmine Kumar, Hetvi Patel, Adviser Jonathan Mitchell, Viviene Carvajal, Sophia Gonzalez; Second row (L to R) Kathy Duong, Gwendolyn Singer, Matthew Kawashiri, Milana Korganyan, Jeffrey Su; Third row (L to R) Aiden Meza, Drishti Regmi, Giovanni Grajeda, Shreya Nair, Stella Gonzalez; Bottom row (L to R) Michelle Lim, Ava Boris, John Revilla and Andy Joachim.

The Academic Decathlon (AcaDec) team placed fourth overall in LAUSD after attending its first virtual scrimmage on Nov. 7.

Along with placing, the team won 21 individual awards in music, science, art, literature, social science, social studies and economics.

The Academic Decathlon team placed fourth among LAUSD teams in the Nov. 14 scrimmage. (CREDIT: COURTESY | CALIFORNIA ACADEMIC DECATHLON ORGANIZATION)

AcaDec competitions consist of 10 events: multiple choice tests in art, economics, math, music, social science, literature and science; performance events such as speech and interview and an essay based on either art, literature or science.

This year’s overall curricular theme will be The Cold War

The event ran smoothly with no technical problems.

The team officially got fourth place in LAUSD but when including the GPA — a factor AcaDec takes into account when scoring — of new members, the team would have placed second.

“It was a very high finish,” AcaDec coach Mr. Jonathan Mitchell said. “Our goal is always to make the ‘top 10.’ Anything under ‘top 5’ is amazing.”

“The team performed extremely well, especially when considering how hard it has been with lockdown and not being in class.”

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Ani Tutunjyan the Executive Editor and Print Editor-in-Chief for The Mirror. She joined the program in her freshman year as a Current Events writer and she is now in her fourth year of publication as a senior. Ani has won a number of regional and national awards for her News and Features writing. Outside of journalism, she is involved in TASSEL Cambodia and Operation Period. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and cooking.  She would love to go to Italy to experience the rich history and beautiful architecture. Ani intends to major in law or journalism when she applies to colleges this fall.
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