Fresno’s University High claims small school state decathlon title

University High School, located on the Fresno State campus.
University High School, located on the Fresno State campus. Fresno Bee Staff Photo

Fresno’s University High took home the 2016 California Academic Decathlon small school title with 52,514.2 points during competition over the weekend in Sacramento.

The school, based on the campus of Fresno State, will be eligible to compete in the U.S. Academic Decathlon online National Competition in April.

Other Valley schools participating included Lemoore Middle College High, which placed 21st, Edison High in Fresno placed 53rd, Merced High placed 55th, Granite Hills High in Porterville placed 59th, and Chowchilla Union High came in 65th.

Overall student winners included Fayyaz Ahamed of University High, who placed third in Division 1 honors; and Ben Drake of Edison High who placed first in Division 2 honors.

The top school statewide was Granada Hills Charter High School in Los Angeles Unified School District, which scored 61,149.6 points out of 65,400 possible. The team will represent California in the national competition scheduled for April 28-30 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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).

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