-Nicole Santa Cruz, reporting from Sacramento | LA Times
March 15, 2010 | 11:34 am -- El Camino Real, the five-time national Academic Decathlon champions from the Los Angeles Unified School District, earned the state title at the California Academic Decathlon on Monday with a score of 50,590 out of 60,000. The team will compete in the national competition in Omaha, Neb., next month.
Sixty-two teams from around the state matched wits over the weekend in Sacramento, testing their knowledge in 10 disciplines, including language and literature, music and art. The only event open to the public, the Super Quiz, was held Sunday; Marshall High School, also from Los Angeles Unified, won that event.
West High School in Torrance placed sixth and Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra placed ninth.
Franklin High School, making its first appearance at the state championship, placed 27th with 40846.8.
El Camino Real won the national championship in 2007, 2005, 2004, 2001 and 1998.
Members of the winning team include Vivian Cheng, Daniel de Haas, Evan Edmisten, Andrew Fann, Audrey Goldbaum, Jessica Lin, Daniel Moreh, Adriana Ureche, and Michael Walker.
The coaches are John Dalsass and Stephanie Franklin.
An awards ceremony is being held Monday in Sacramento.