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2013-14 LOS ANGELES COUNTY ACADEMIC DECATHLON COACHES MEETING

By V.Martinez, Academic Decathlon Coordinator, Los Angeles County Office of Education, September 23, 2013

In addition to the meeting, we will have a demonstration of the Turning Technologies Response Card device and software which will be used during the 2014 Super Quiz event. The demonstration will take place during the first 30 minutes of the meeting and is open to other Academic Decathlon Coaches throughout the state of California.

To register for the meeting, you will need to create an account with the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Here is the link to register: http://lacoe.edu/lacadmeeting  (click “login to enroll for this event”).  Once you enroll, you will receive an email confirmation with the meeting url and login instructions for October 16.

For more information, contact Vicky Martinez at 562-922-6360 or martinez_vicky@lacoe.edu.

 

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CAD SENDS FOUR TO THE 2011 NATIONAL FINALS

By K.Scarberry, March 14, 2011

GRANADA HILLS CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL WINS 2011 CALIFORNIA ACADEMIC DECATHLON

SACRAMENTO — Los Angeles Unified School District's Granada Hills Charter High School today won the 2011 California Academic Decathlon. The team scored 50,801 points out of 60,000 possible, earning the school the state title this year.

Members of the winning team are Austin Kang, Celine Ta, Joon Lee (Honor Students); Harsimar Dhanoa, Shagun Goyal, Jiyong “Eugene” Lee (Scholastic Students); and Elysia Eastty, Rikiu Higashida, Sindhura Seeni (Varsity Students).

The nine-member team will represent the state of California and defend its eighth consecutive national titles at the 30th Annual United States Academic Decathlon Competition, scheduled April 27 - 30, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In addition to Granada Hill’s victory, Marshall High/Los Angeles Unified School District received the Large School title with 49,889, Hallmark High/Fresno County received the Medium School title with 41,356 and University High/Fresno County received the Small School title with 44,745 points.  All three high schools will be eligible to compete in the United States Academic Decathlon On-line National Competitions taking place in April.

For the second consecutive year in Super Quiz, Marshall High School finished first with 5,190 points out of 6,000 points possible.  Edison High School/Fresno County finished second with 5,175 points and Granada Hills finished third with 5,095 points.

The winners were announced before an enthusiastic crowd at the 2011 California Academic Decathlon’s award ceremony at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

Rounding out the top 10 scoring teams were Marshall/LAUSD (49,889), El Camino Real/LAUSD (48,047), Edison/Fresno County (47,857), West/Los Angeles County (45,572), Franklin/LAUSD (45,173), Palisades Charter/LAUSD (45,040), Oakdale/Stanislaus County (44,876), William Taft/LAUSD (44,826), and University/Fresno County (44,745).

The state competition is divided into three divisions based on their regional score: Division I (top 20 highest scoring teams), Division II (next top 20 highest scoring teams), and Division III (next top 25 highest scoring teams).  The format allows teams to compete with other teams of similar scores.  Furthermore, it gives developing counties the opportunity to experience a state championship and a chance for their decathletes to attain medals for their achievement at a level of competition that best fits where they are currently at.

The top three scoring Division II teams are: Chino Hills/San Bernardino County (42,954), Torrance/Los Angeles (42,839), Burbank/Los Angeles (42,051).

The top three scoring Division III teams are: Olympian/San Diego County (40,357), Oxnard/Ventura County (38,770), and West Ranch/Los Angeles (38,340).

In all, 567 students representing 65 high school teams from across the state competed in this year’s California Academic Decathlon. Teams are comprised of three Honor students (3.75 and above GPA), three Scholastic students (3.00-3.74 GPA), and three Varsity students (2.99 GPA and below).

California has won the last eight national titles and has won thirteen national titles in the past 16 years of national competition. In 29 years of national competition, California has placed first or second every year but one.

To learn more about the California Academic Decathlon, visit the CAD website at http://www.academicdecathlon.org

Contact:
George Wong (310) 710-7261 cell
george.wong@dadsonsventures.com

Ken Scarberry (707) 330-3276 cell
kscarberry@solanocoe.net

 

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BANK OF AMERICA SEEKS STUDENT LEADERS

By K.Scarberry, December 8, 2010

Bank of America is looking for tomorrow’s community leaders today.  If you are a student with a passion for improving your community, BOA would like to help you turn that passion into action. BOA is looking for leaders who are high school juniors and seniors in the US who are passionate about making a difference in thier community.

Since its inception in 2004, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 1,400 exemplary high school juniors and seniors with a passion for improving their communities.  The program’s goal is to cultivate and develop the next generation of community leaders through two components:

An eight-week paid internship in the summer of 2011 with selected nonprofit organizations designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Nonprofit Host Organization.

A week-long all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., July 17-22. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, nonprofit and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.

The application deadline of January 12th for the 2011 Student Leader Program.

Interested students can apply by going to www.bankofamerica.com/neistudentleaders.
 

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USAD TO HOST FOUR NATIONAL COMPETITIONS FOR 2010

By K.Scarberry, February 18, 2010

USAD has recently expanded its Online National Competition to include large schools.  The California Academic Decathlon will recognize a Small, Medium and Large non-winning school from the state championship to advance to the USAD Online National Competitions scheduled for April 22 & April 23, 2010, beginning at 12:30 pm Central Daylight Time each day.

Qualifying Small schools will have an enrollment of 650 or below, 9th – 12th grades.
Qualifying Medium schools will have an enrollment of 651 to 1300, 9th – 12th grades.
Qualifying Large schools will have an enrollment of 1301 or higher, 9th – 12th grades.

All qualifying schools must be the highest scoring team at the state competition that is not progressing to the National competition in Omaha, Nebraska.

Please note that the Essay and Math test will be held online on April 8, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time.  It will be necessary for your team(s) to participate in a practice set-up on March 30, 2010, at 12:30 pm, or March 31, 2010, at 12:30 pm Central Daylight Time.  This practice will help USAD confirm that all teams are able to get online and use the system as planned on the competition days.

In addition to the Online Competitions, the team that receives the highest team score at the state championship will participate in the 29th Annual National Competition scheduled for April 21 – April 24, 2010, at the Holiday Inn in Omaha, Nebraska.  Please note that the Essay and Math test will be held online on April 8, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time.  It will be necessary for your team to participate in a practice set-up on March 30, 2010, at 12:30 pm, or March 31, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time.  This practice will help USAD confirm that all teams are able to get online and use the system as planned on the competition days.

 

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MARK HARRIGER RETIRES AFTER COACHING 19 YEARS

By K.Scarberry, November 9, 2009

Mark Harriger started coaching Academic Decathlon as an assistant in 1980 in Tulare County.  He eventually became the head coach for 9 years before moving to Granit Hills High school, Tulare County, where he was the head coach for for the past 19 years.

Some moments he has been very proud of include establishing successful program and Granite Hills High School and overseeing successful programs at two high schools.  He is proud that his team won the varsity trophy for 7 years in a row.  He is also very pleased that all three of my daughters participated.

In 2007, all three girls were my honors division. Over the course of their tenure, each daughter won the honors trophy in our county competition and a lot of medals (including a few at state).

“So many students come back and tell me that AD was the best thing they did in high school. It was fun, they learned so much, and it was the best preparation they had for college. The econ curriculum in Porterville is very weak and I was very pleased to receive an email from a varsity student who decided to major in econ because of his experience in AD. A number of students have passed the AP econ exams based on the AD experience. I have many students tell me that their experience in speech and interview gave them the confidence to land jobs and scholarships. I'll never forget the varsity student, Mayra, who joined as a senior and really didn't "get it"until the competition. The look on her face as she was called up time after time to receive her medals was priceless. And then she won an essay medal at state. Last year a student gave a speech on the importance of enjoying the journey through life. He used AD as an example of an incredible journey. His will be the speech I remember above all others because AD has been an incredible journey for me also.”

 

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ROBERT K. LANGSON CONTINUES HIS PARTNERSHIP

By K.Scarberry, Originally published 8:30 a.m., August 24, 2009

The California Academic Decathlon would like to thank Robert K. Langson for his continued financial support and commitment to CAD’s mission
of encouraging, acknowledging and rewarding high school students’ effort in
academic excellence. The California Academic Decathlon is a statewide,
non-profit organization that promotes an educational experience by providing
a format in which public and private high school teams across the state
compete in academic events. The Academic Decathlon embodies a partnership
of business, foundations and individuals in cooperation with the education
community and county offices of education. Learn more how you can become a
partner with the California Academic Decathlon.

 

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MOORPARK ACADECA COACH STEPS DOWN!
By Anna Bakalis, Ventura County Star
Originally published 05:53 p.n., June 3, 2009
Updated 09:45 p.m., June 3, 2009

After a record-breaking run, Larry Jones is stepping down as the coach of Moorpark High School’s Academic Decathlon team. Jones is leaving after 18 years, four national victories — two in a row, most recently — and a legacy his colleagues say will be hard to continue.

He leaves on a high note, with more state and national wins under his belt than any coach in the nation. “I’ll miss the heck out of it,” Jones said, in announcing his decision to The Star on Wednesday.

He hopes someone or several people will be able to step in and coach the Academic Decathlon team for next year. But so far, no one has come forward to take on the job.
Jones, 60, is stepping down to spend more time with his family and to focus on a program that develops curriculum for local American history teachers. While he will keep his Moorpark classroom, he won’t be teaching students.

Principal Kirk Miyashiro said he’s “very saddened’’ that Jones is stepping down, but his retirement from the team is well-deserved. Miyashiro is leaving the Moorpark campus himself at the end of June, but said he has put out the call for a new coach.

“I’ve asked different faculty members to see if they are interested in taking over,” he said. But there are no takers yet. And without a coach, a team can’t be selected.
Normally by now Jones has picked his team. He and his teams usually spend summers studying for next year’s topic.

Sol Moon was on this year’s A team and was hoping to “amp it up next year” as a senior — to bring home another national title.

“Mr. Jones has defined what Academic Decathlon is,” Moon said. “It will be strange without him.”

The Academic Decathlon tests teams of high school students from across the U.S. in subject areas such as music, art, mathematics, language and literature, economics and social science.

Schools are divided into three divisions based on size. Teams consist of members from three cumulative GPA levels: “scholastic” for C level students, “varsity” for B level students, and “honors” for A level students.

Jones has been an educator for 31 years and a teacher at Moorpark High School for more than 20 years. He became the Academic Decathlon coach in 1991.

After he won the national title in 2003, Jones quit, and the following season the school didn’t have a team. He came back after a one-year hiatus. But Jones says he doesn’t plan an encore this time. He plans to retire from teaching in two years.

David Pollock, who just left the school board to be the city’s newest councilman, said Jones is the best coach in the nation, and filling his shoes could be intimidating. “What he’s put into Academic Decathlon is superhuman. It’s been his whole life,” Pollock said.
Jones said that is why he needs to stop. He needs to focus on family, including elderly in-laws and an ailing sister.

Most coaches stick with it for three or four years before getting burned out, Jones said.
Chris Conte, Oxnard High School’s Academic Decathlon coach, was shocked to hear Jones was leaving. “You lose somebody like him, you can’t replace him,” Conte said.

Jones and his teams have studied with Oxnard and helped get its teams to the state competition twice. “Even though we’ve lost to him every year, to get better, you have to compete against the best,” he said.

John Tarkany, the county coordinator of student competitions, agrees that teams need strong competition to improve. “It breaks my heart that he’s leaving,” Tarkany said. He hopes Jones will help put together a “how-to” guide for new coaches in the county.

Moon, 17, said Jones’ talent to form a team based on personality as well as smarts and ability is part of the formula that has propped up Moorpark’s dynasty. But, he said, “skills are secondary to dedication.”
“I believe in humanity — how can all these great qualities be in just one person?” he said.

 

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2009 CAD Championship Format
November 13, 2008

The 2009 California Academic Decathlon Championship will make room for 60 teams based on teams’ regional scores instead of student enrollment. 

Counties throughout California, including Los Angeles Unified School District and Southern California Private Schools, will be eligible to send their highest scoring team to the championship. Based on previous years, there will be approximately 39 participating counties (out of 58 counties); thus, 21 at-large teams will be invited across the state to participate.  In order to identify the at-large teams, counties will provide a list of all of the teams that participated. The next highest scoring teams (not including the county winners) across the state will be invited.

Once all 60 teams have been identified, three divisions will be formed based upon their scores.  The top 20 will be placed in Division I. The next 20 will be in Division II.  The final 20 teams will be in Division III.  The divisions will allow teams of similar levels of preparation and program achievement to compete and receive appropriate recognition.

The new format will give developing counties the opportunity to experience a state championship and a chance for their decathletes to attain medals for their achievement at a level of competition that best fits where they are currently at. 

Allowing teams to compete with like teams of similar scores will develop individual and team confidence which will result in superior competition.

 

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CAD Senior Scholarships Available
February 1, 2008
The College Access Foundation, once again, has joined with the California Academic Decathlon (CAD) to provide college scholarships for Academic Decathletes! The partnership will provide approximately 43 - $1,500 - $2,000 scholarships. This is in addition to the scholarships recently provided during regional competition that took place early February.

Eligibility:
1. Graduating high school seniors who have participated in the California Academic Decathlon during the 2007-08 school year who plan to attend college in Fall 2008.
2. Meet all requirements for the entrance of the UC system upon graduation.
3. Demonstrate financial need.
4. Graduating Seniors who have not already received a CAD Scholarship during the 2007-2008 school year.
Applications must be received into the CAD office no later than February 29, 2008.


 

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CALIFORNIA WINS 2007 UNITED STATES ACADEMIC DECATHLON COMPETITION
May 8, 2007

El Camino Real High School's Victory on Saturday, April 28, 2007.
Victory Earns California its Fifth Consecutive National Championship

California has won its 10th United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) title in 14 years with El Camino Real High School's victory on Saturday, April 28, 2007. The eight-member team scored 52,148 points out of 60,000 possible, earning California its fifth consecutive national victory.

El Camino Real High School competed with only eight students after losing one member earlier in the school year. Members of the winning team are: Shengya Cao, Helen Durand, Venus Vakhshori, Sam Farahmand, Jiyoung Kim, Jennifer Yoo, Frank Soberanis, and Franklin Yu. Their coaches are Lissa Gregorio and Liz Johnson.

In addition to the team's triumphant victory, El Camino Real was named winner of the Super Quiz combined relay and written competition.

"These kids have been so incredibly focused, especially these last couple of days, I knew that they were going to win. I had no doubt," said Cliff Ker, coordinator of the Academic Decathlon for the LAUSD.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Honolulu, Hawaii, site of this year's U.S. Academic Decathlon competition. Approximately 350 student decathletes, representing 39 teams from across the U.S., flexed their brain power in a two-day contest of academic strength.

Decathletes completed quizzes in speech, interviews (prepared and impromptu), essay, art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, social science, and "Super Quiz" written and oral relay. The scores of all 10 quizzes were tallied together to declare the winner of this year's race. The study topic was "China and Its Influence on the World."

In the Academic Decathlon competition, each school team is comprised of nine students-three students from three different grade-point average (GPA) categories: Varsity (2.99 GPA and below), Scholastic (3.00-3.74 GPA) and Honor (3.75 and above).

El Camino Real High School seniors Venus Vakhshori and Helen Durand were named the highest and second highest scorers in the Honors (3.75 grade point average)category respectively. Sam Farahmand, an 11th grader at El Camino Real High School, had the third highest score in the Scholastics (3.00-3.74 GPA) category, and Frank Soberanis won the highest score in the Varsity (2.99 GPA and below) category. Franklin Yu, a 12th grader at El Camino Real, won the second highest score in Varsity.

This is the LAUSD's fourth consecutive U.S. Academic Decathlon championship, having previously won in 2006, 2005, and 2004. El Camino Real High School last won the national title in 2005.

 

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El Camino Real High School Wins 2007 California Academic Decathlon!
March 18, 2007
LOS ANGELES—El Camino Real High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on Sunday won the 2007 California Academic Decathlon. The team scored 50,486 points out of 60,000 possible, earning the school its seventh state title.

Members of the winning team are Shengya Cao, Helen Durand, Venus Vakhshori, Sam Farahmand, Jiyoung Kim, Jennifer Yoo, Frank Soberanis and Franklin Yu. Their coaches are Lissa Gregorio and Liz Johnson.

The eight-member team will represent the state of California at the 2007 United States Academic Decathlon, scheduled April 25-28, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Granada Hills Charter High School finished second with 50,276 points. Moorpark High School in Ventura County earned third place honors with 49,584 points and was named winner of this year’s Super Quiz contest.

The winners were announced before an enthusiastic crowd at the 2007 California Academic Decathlon’s award ceremony at the LAX Marriott Hotel.

Rounding out the top 10 scoring teams were Vanden High School in Solano County/Travis Unified School District (45,372.0), Edison High School in the Fresno Unified School District (45,477 points), Marshall High in the LAUSD (46,100 points),West High School in Los Angeles (46,182points), Palisades Charter High School in the LAUSD (46,612 points), and North Hollywood High School in the LAUSD (49,420 points).

School districts are divided into three categories based on their size: Division I (K-12 student populations of 130,000 or more), Division II (K-12 student populations between 29,001 and 129,999), and Division III (K-12 student populations at 29,000 and below).

The top three scoring Division II teams are: Vanden High School (45,372 points), Solano; Oakdale High School (41,897 points), Stanislaus; and Casa Grande High School (41,424.3 points), Sonoma.

The top three scoring Division III teams are: Summerville Union High School (34,801.9 points), Tuolumne; Yosemite High School (34,654.3 points), Madera; and Novato High School (33,865.8 points), Marin.

In addition, scholarships totaling $27,000 were awarded to top scoring seniors courtesy of a recently announced grant from The Educational Financing Foundation of California (TEFFC).

Winners of $1,500 scholarships (Division 1) are: Jasmine Florentine, North Hollywood High School, LAUSD; Ian Ynda-Hummel, Garfield High School, LAUSD; and Frank Soberanis, El Camino Real High School, LAUSD.

Winners of $1,000 scholarship (Division 1) are: Allison Quach, Granada Hills Charter High School, LAUSD; Elisabeth Savic, Moorpark High School, Ventura County; and Dustin McKenzie, Granada Hills Charter High School, LAUSD.

Winners of $500 scholarships (Division 1) are: Shengya Cao,El Camino Real High School, LAUSD; Eunice Lee, Granada Hills Charter High School, LAUSD; and Franklin Yu, El Camino Real High School, LAUSD.

Winners of $1,500 scholarships (Divisions II & III) are: Zachary Buras, Marysville High School, Yuba; Erin Campos, Vanden High School, Solano; Evelyn DeFelice, Summerville Union High School, Tuolumne; Casey Glick, Pleasant Valley High School, Butte; Abdul Hassan, Vanden High School, Solano; and Haywood Wehrly, Marysville High School, Yuba.

Winners of $1,000 scholarships (Division II & III) are: Hans Boggs, Oakdale High School, Stanislaus; Sean Cox-Marcellin, Fred C. Beyer High School, Stanislaus; Kristina Herrera, Summerville Union High School, Tuolumne; Daniel Norby and Joel Shipp, Yosemite High School, Madera; and Jack Skavdahl-Zwald, Oakdale High School, Stanislaus.

Winners of $500 scholarships (Division II & III) are: Rebecca Kopulsky, Novato High School, Marin; Nicolai McCrary, Vanden High School, Solano; Korey Ray, Yosemite High School, Madera; Emily Riggs, Lower Lake High School, Lake; Mary Wu, Woodcreek High School, Placer; and Tian Zhou, Davis Senior High School, Yolo.

In all, 55 high school teams from across the state competed in this year’s California Academic Decathlon. Decathlete teams are comprised of three Honor students (3.75 and above GPA), three Scholastic students (3.00-3.74 GPA), and three Varsity students (2.99 GPA and below).

California has won nine national titles in the past 13 years of national competition. In 25 years of national competition, California has placed first or second every year but one.

The California Academic Decathlon is supported solely by donations from businesses, foundations and private individuals who support this valuable opportunity to encourage, acknowledge and reward academic excellence by preparing and motivating high school students to achieve at a significantly advanced level through highly competitive cross disciplined scholastic events.Other major sponsors include Leonard Green & Partners (Lead Sponsor), the Patricia A. Brown Charitable Trust, Northrop Grumman, the California Community Foundation, Toyota Motors, All Student Loan, and the Cathay Bank Foundation.

To learn more about the California Academic Decathlon, visit the CAD website at http://www.academicdecathlon.org

 

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W.H. Taft High School Wins 2006 U.S. Academic Decathlon!
April 30, 2006
Taft High School has won the 2006 U.S. Academic Decathlon Championship, earning California’s fourth consecutive national victory and its thirteenth national title since 1982.

The nine-member team from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) scored 51,659.7 out of 60,000 possible points, triumphing over 38 other top high school teams from across the U.S. in the two-day competition held April 26-29 in San Antonio, Texas. Taft High School also took second place in the "Super Quiz" portion of the academic contest. Students were honored and the winners announced at an awards dinner Saturday night.

This is Taft High School's third U.S. Academic Decathlon win. The school previously won the national title in 1993 and 1988.

The winning decathletes are seniors Zachary Ellington, Michael Farrell, Farhan Khan, David Lopez, David Novgorodsky, Yuliya Rebrova, Atish Sawant, Dean Schaffer and Monica Schettler. Their coach is Arthur Berchin.

Taft's team members dominated the competition, earning 43 individual medals and 7 overall medals. Dean Schaffer and Yuliya Rebrova earned first and second top scores respectively in the Honor (3.74 GPA and above) category. In the Scholastic (3.00-3.74 GPA) category, Atish Sawant, David Novgorodsky and Farhan Khan nabbed first, second and third top scores. Zachary Ellington was recognized for his first place score and David Lopez had the third highest score in the Varsity (2.99 GPA and below) category.

"This is the most amazing team I've seen in my six years and maybe the best ever," said Cliff Ker, coordinator of the LAUSD's Academic Decathlon. "They worked hard and they earned it. This was a team victory."

Over two days of testing, the students flexed their brain power in a contest of academic strength in 10 areas: art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science and speech. This year's topic was "The European Renaissance: Renewal and Reform."

The journey to San Antonio, Texas began in February when Taft High School won the 2006 LAUSD Academic Decathlon. In March, the team won the 2006 State Academic Decathlon competition, earning the right to represent California in the national contest.

With this latest win, California enjoys a U.S. Academic Decathlon "4-Peat," having also won the same contest in 2005, 2004 and 2003. This brings the total number of USAD victories to nine in the last 13 years of national competition. In 25 years of national competition, California has placed first or second every year but one.
 

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California Academic Decathlon Board of Directors Announces New State Director
November 8, 2005
The CAD Board is extremely excited to announce that we have found our new permanent Director. As of today, CAD is partnering with the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) in an arrangement in which Ken Scarberry will manage all operations of CAD (other than fundraising), including competition management, program oversight and general administration. The CAD Board strongly believes that this arrangement with SCOE and Ken will not only ensure a tremendous state competition in March, but that it will also enable us to work more closely with the county offices of education. Furthermore, we are confident that Ken’s incredible passion for CAD will be a driving force of this organization for many years to come.
 

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El Camino Is Academic Champ -- Again
 

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California Moves to 55 Team Format
 
The Board of Directors of the California Academic Decathlon has voted to expand the 2005 - 2006 competition to the proposed 55 team format on a trial basis for this competition season. This change will allow additional invited teams to participate - including 2 invited teams from Division II and 1 invited team from Division III.
 

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Monterey County drops out, makes room for second Fresno County team.
February 24, 2005
Due to circumstance beyond their control, the team from Monterey County was forced to pull out of the state competition last week. This made room for the next highest scoring team to be invited...University HS from Fresno County with a Round 2 Regional score of 42,524 has accepted our invitation and will join a very competitive field of California state finalists. Congratulations to Sean Canfield and the team from University HS. Welcome to LA!
 

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California Leads the Nation After Regionals!
February 11, 2005
After Round 2 Regional results were reported, we find California teams leading the nation. With 34 teams scoring more than 40,000 points, and 8 teams going above 45,000 points, California Academic Decathlon teams have 8 of the 10 highest scores in the country going into the Round 3 State Competition.
 

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El Camino Wins California Title...Set to Defend National Crown in Chicago
March 14, 2005
In one of the most hotly contested state finals in recent memory, El Camino Real from the LAUSD scored 49,067.8 to repeat as California Academic Decathlon State Champion. They were followed closely by Moorpark HS from Ventura County with 48,765, and Granada Hills Charter HS who surprised the field with a score of 48,194.5. Rounding out the top ten were Edison HS out of Fresno County, and Taft HS, Marshall HS, North Hollywood HS, and Los Angeles HS from the LAUSD, West HS representing LA County, and Palisades Charter HS from the LAUSD. Casa Grande HS from Sonoma County successfully defended their Division II crown with a score of 43,430, and Novato HS from Marin County won the Division III title with a score of 34,903.7. Final results of all 50 participating teams have been posted on our Scores page. The 26th Annual CAD State Competition was a tremendous experience for all involved. Look for photos of the event to be posted soon. Chicago has been put on alert for California to "ThreePeat"!
 

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California Leads the Nation After Regionals!
February 11, 2005
After Round 2 Regional results were reported, we find California teams leading the nation. With 34 teams scoring more than 40,000 points, and 8 teams going above 45,000 points, California Academic Decathlon teams have 8 of the 10 highest scores in the country going into the Round 3 State Competition. Leading the way is Moorpark HS from Ventura County with an astonishing Round 2 score of 48,692. After a year long layoff, Moorpark Coach Larry Jones has again positioned his team for a strong showing at the state finals next month in Los Angeles. Hot on his heels (less than 50 points) is another National Champion coach, Art Berchin from William Howard Taft HS in the Los Angeles Unified School District (48,645). Fresno County's Edison HS (48,529) and defending USAD National Champion, El Camino Real from the LAUSD (48,227) are two more teams with Round 2 scores over 48,000 points. Vanden HS from Solano County is the top Division II team with a Round 2 score of 42,200 points. Look for Sonoma County's always strong Casa Grande HS (40,824), Stanislaus County's Oakdale HS (40,578), and Arroyo Grande HS from San Luis Obispo County (40,295) to provide very strong competition in Division II. Modoc County's Tulelake HS has a strong hold on the leading position in Division III with a commanding score of 40,931 points. Congratulations to all Round 2 winners and the 8 invited teams who are all from the LAUSD. See you in Los Angeles!
 

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CAD Acquires Name Sponsor
February 9, 2005
The California Academic Decathlon announced today that Leonard Green & Partners, L.P., one of the nation’s preeminent private equity firms, has become its lead sponsor and will join its Board of Directors. "Leonard Green & Partners is proud to sponsor the California Academic Decathlon, an organization that makes a difference in the lives and futures of thousands of high school students across our state," said John Danhakl, Managing Partner for Leonard Green & Partners. “As soon as they learned our organization was in jeopardy, they called and asked how they could help,” said Jeff McCombs, President of the Board for the California Academic Decathlon. “We are extremely excited to be able to benefit from Leonard Green & Partners’ generous financial support and commitment to our mission of encouraging, acknowledging and rewarding academic excellence in all California high schools. As such, it is our honor to have them as our name sponsor – California Academic Decathlon Presented by Leonard Green & Partners – and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”
 

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CAD to Invite Eight
January 9, 2005
With San Benito County bowing out this season, and James Logan High School from Alameda County joining the field, CAD will again invite eight "At-Large" teams to compete with the 42 county/district winning teams in Los Angeles.
 

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2005 Competition Update
January 6, 2005
As the 26th Annual CAD State Competition quickly approaches, final plans are nearing completion. Beverly Hills High School has agreed to serve as our venue for Speech & Interview, along with the LAX Marriott Hotel, and UCLA where the Super Quiz will take place in Pauley Pavilion. Jovana Lara from ABC7 Eyewitness News will serve as the Super Quiz Master, and Geoff Nathanson has agreed to MC our Awards Ceremony. The Let-Down Party will take place at Malibu Castle Amusement Park in Redondo Beach. The excitement is building as California prepares to defend the national title, and go for the "ThreePeat."
 

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Concerts, Lectures, and Coaches' Workshops!
September 7, 2004
The 2004-2005 season is officially underway, with important events and dates now being confirmed. The annual music concerts and lectures in Bakersfield and Stockton are set for October 27 and November 13 respectively. Both of these great events can significantly enhance your decathletes experience of the competition Art, Literature, and Music. Also confirmed are Coaches' Workshops thanks to some dedicated county coordinators. Orange County is sponsoring the Coaches' Workshop in Anaheim on October 9, where up to two decathletes per school can also attend. And San Joaquin County (along with Solano County) is sponsoring the Coaches' Workshop in Stockton on October 30, where coaches are invited to bring their entire starting team of nine decathletes. Please click on the Important Dates link for more information and registration materials.
 

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El Camino Real is National Champion!
April 18, 2004
Despite having only eight members on the team, El Camino Real performed magnificently in Boise, and with a score of 50,656.8, won their third Academic Decathlon National Championship! They beat out the team from Mountain View in Arizona who had an overall team score of 50,390.8, and the team from Waukesha West in Wisconsin who scored 49,565.6. The teams from Massachusetts, Illinois, Hawaii, Texas, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Tennessee round out the top ten from Boise. Congratulations to the coaches...Mark, Melinda, and Becky, and to the team: Adam Singer - 9,040 Gary Fox - 8,772 Patrick Liu - 8,474 Cassidy Ellis - 8,443 Eric Rasyidi - 8,415 Chris Taylor - 8,192 Adrian Wittenberg - 7,793 Jonathan Lin - 7,303 California is now tied with Texas with 11 national titles. We are on a roll!
 

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California leads nation after Round 3!
March 16, 2004
Once again, California schools have shown themselves to be particularly strong in Academic Decathlon. With just a few more states holding competitions next weekend, California has 6 schools in the top 10, and 11 schools in the top 25 of the national rankings after Round 3. Congratulations to the counties and districts, the coaches and decathletes, and all of the supporters of the following teams: 1. El Camino Real HS 50,473 LAUSD 2. Edison HS 49,995 Fresno 3. Taft HS 49,412 LAUSD 6. Granada Hills Charter HS 47,844 LAUSD 7. Simi Valley HS 47,559 Ventura 10. Los Angeles HS 46,611 LAUSD 11. Marshall HS 46,264 LAUSD 13. Beverly Hills HS 45,857 LA 19. University HS 45,472 Fresno 21. Burbank HS 45,416 LA 24. Reseda HS 45,232 LAUSD
 

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El Camino Real wins state title!
March 15, 2004
El Camino Real won the 25th Annual CAD State Finals this weekend with an astonishing score of 50,472. They needed every point since Edison High in Fresno County won the silver medal with an amazing 49,995 points, a higher score than Moorpark had last year in winning the state finals. Taft High (also from LAUSD) had a score that would normally win with 49,412. Click on the Scores link to see all 50 teams. Congratulations to Mark Johnson, Melinda Owen, and Becky Gessart for an incredible coaching job. California is looking to defend the national title in Boise, Idaho next month, and things are looking good.
 

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California dominates after Round 2!
March 7, 2004
The 25th Annual CAD State Finals are set to take place March 12-14 in Sacramento, and according to the Round 2 (County/Regional) scores, this competition is shaping up to be hotly contested. Unofficial results from around the country after Round 2 show California to be dominating the top 25 list with 14 schools. El Camino Real High School from LAUSD leads the way with a Round 2 score of 49,335, followed by Taft High (also from LAUSD) by only 40 points. Rounding out the National Top Five are three more California schools…Edison High from Fresno County with 48,160, Simi Valley High out of Ventura County with 47,560, and Beverly Hills High in Los Angeles County with a score of 47,503. Nimitz High School in Texas finally breaks the California string at 6th place with a score of 46,549. Wisconsin and Arizona slip in at 7th and 8th, and then California takes over again with Marshall HS (LAUSD), Reseda HS (LAUSD) Granada Hills HS (LAUSD), University HS (Fresno County), Burbank HS (Los Angeles County), and Venice HS (LAUSD) taking slots 9 through 14. Los Angeles HS (LAUSD) comes in at 17th, while Bishop Alemany HS (SoCal Private Schools) at 24th and Bakersfield HS (Kern County) at 25th round out the top 25 in the country.
 

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California Supreme Court Justice Janice Brown to serve as Super Quiz Master.
March 5, 2004
Keeping with her commitment to education, Associate Justice, Janice R. Brown has agreed to serve in this year's CAD State Finals as Super Quiz Master. We are truly honored to have Her Honor participate in this great program. Justice Brown is a 1977 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law and a 1974 graduate of the California State University, Sacramento, where she majored in Economics. She has been an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court since May 2, 1996.
 

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California wins national title!
April 30, 2003
Moorpark High School from Ventura County, coached by Larry Jones, came back from Erie, PA early this week with the national championship...again! Moorpark was the national champion in 1999, and now they have done it again, and in grand fashion. The team of Adam Abed, Lindsay Hebert, Nathaniel Jones, Paul Ideal, Kevin Randolph, Ashlee Scott, Max Geiger, Grant Volk, and Tracy Yagi improved upon their state winning score with an amazing team score of 51,423.5, more than 2,000 points higher than second place Waukesha West from Wisconsin who was last year's national champion. Nathaniel Jones barely beat out teammate Kevin Randolph and five other Moorpark decathletes with individual scores over 8,000 points to achieve the highest score in the national competition...8,881 points. Congratulations to Coach Jones and the entire Moorpark team for a tremendous effort. California is so proud of all of you! Well done!
 

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Moorpark does it again!
March 18, 2003
Congratulations to Larry Jones and Moorpark High School for successfully defending their California State championship in Modesto on March 9. Their winning score of 49,910 leads the country going into nationals next month. And congratulations to Nathaniel Jones for breaking 9,000 points for only the second time in California state competition history while winning 5 of the 10 events outright. Well done.
 

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2003 County Competition Scores Posted
2/13/2003
The scores from the February 1, 2003 Round 2 regional competition are now posted. Expectations are for a heated battle in Modesto to determine who will represent California at the April nationals in Erie, PA. Defending state champion and 2002 Division I national winner, Moorpark High School out of Ventura County, will be coming to Modesto next month with the highest Round 2 score in the country. According to preliminary results, there are several California teams also ranked in the top ten nationally, including a very strong and very large contingent from traditional California power, LAUSD.
 

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2002 State Competition
3/28/2002
Congratulations to all of the 51 schools who participated in the 23rd annual California Academic Decathlon held in Modesto March 21-24, 2002. A special congratulations and letters of support should be sent to the two teams who will represent the state of California at the USAD National Competition in Phoenix beginning April 10, 2002: Division I and overall state champion, Moorpark High School from Ventura County, and Division II state champion, Casa Grande High School in Sonoma County. Scores for the state competition may be found in the scores section of the website.
 

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County Competition Scores Available
2/21/2002
Results from the 2002 county competitions are now available in the scores section of the website.
 

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County Competition Scores
2/8/2002
Results from the 2002 county competitions will be posted to the scores section of the website by February 25th.
 

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California Team Wins Nationwide Competition
5/10/2001
El Camino Real High School, winner of the California State Academic Decathlon, went on to win first place at the United States Academic Decathlon national competition in Anchorage, Alaska.
 

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