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El Monte Union High School District

every student, every minute, every day

District Students Fare Well

in Academic Decathlon

Congratulations to El Monte Union High School District schools for their performance in the 31st annual Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon.

The purpose of the Academic Decathlon is to encourage, acknowledge and reward academic excellence by preparing and motivating high school students representing all grade point averages to achieve at a significantly advanced level through highly competitive cross-discipline scholastic events.  The theme of this year’s contest was Russia and students’ analytical skills, performance abilities and writing aptitude were quizzed on subjects ranging from music to mathematics, science to art, economics to language and literature.  The competition consists of seven 45-50 minute multiple choice tests, a four-minute prepared speech, a two-minute impromptu speech, a seven minute interview, a written essay and a super quiz.

This year’s Rosemead High School Academic Decathlon team placed 16th out of 45 Los Angeles County competing schools and placed 3rd overall in their division.  The team received recognition in each of the 10 subject areas of study and received 32 individual medals with six students earning the distinction of being an overall top score performer in their competing division.  Team anchor April Truong scored almost 7,000 points out of a possible 10,000.  Other team members that excelled included seniors Jose Madrigal, Kristy Phan, Addison Bi and Evelyn Wong.  Also joining in the success were first time participants Michael Escobar and Tha Htet.

The South El Monte High School team also fared well.

“Overall, the team won three bronze, two silver and one gold medal,” said principal Angie Gonzales.  “In the category of Super Quiz and combined question, in Division 3 we placed third, the only school in the district that placed.”

Top team scorer was Ashley Carreon.

Other top scorers included Emily Nham from Arroyo High School, Isabella Caito from El Monte High School and Victor Nguyen from Mountain View High School.

“Working together as a team is a crucial element in the decathlon,” said one El Monte High School team coach.

“While educational excellence is important in the selection of team members, team spirit along with the enjoyment and challenge of the event also play a part in the selection process,” added a Mountain View High School team coach.

“I had a lot of fun competing against students from the other schools,” said one Arroyo High School student.  “I learned a lot and hope to be part of the team next year.”

“We are very proud of all our students who participated this year,” said Superintendent Nick Salerno.  “Congratulations to all the teams and their coaches for a job well done.”

All the participants were recognized at a banquet held at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello.


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