University High-Fresno wins state small schools Academic Decathlon title

The Fresno BeeMarch 23, 2014 

Fresno's University High School won the small school title at the state Academic Decathlon competition in Sacramento this weekend.

Sixty-five schools competed at the 2014 California Academic Decathlon, which started Friday and ended Sunday with an awards ceremony.

University High placed 14th overall with 48,345.3 points. Edison High School's Academic Decathlon team placed fourth overall with 52,911.6 points.

Placing first overall was El Camino Real Charter High School from Los Angeles Unified School District, with a score of 57,747.3. Second went to Granada Hills Charter High School, also from Los Angeles Unified, with an overall score of 57,214.1.

Both Los Angeles-area teams will represent California at the 33rd Annual United States Academic Decathlon Championship later in April. California schools have won the title 11 consecutive times.

University High will compete for the small school title in the United States Academic Decathlon Online National Competitions in April.

Also attending this year's state competition from the central San Joaquin Valley were Lemoore Middle College High School in Kings County with 34,335.2 points, Harmony Magnet Academy in Tulare County with 32,739.8 points, and Yosemite High School in Madera County with 31,899.5 points.

Edison High's Thomas Moore was an overall student winner, placing second in the Division 1 Honors category.

Other individual winners from the central San Joaquin Valley included Peter Yang and Nathaniel Drake of Edison; David Dunn and Katharine Scott of Harmony; Jordan Alford and Joshua Kitchin of Lemoore; Rosamond Herling, Christian Wilson and Andy Yang, of University; and Gregory Royse and Kenneth Jeffris of Yosemite.

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