LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A nine-member team of students from Granada Hills Charter High School will compete in the U.S. Academic Decathlon, which begins Thursday in Charlotte, N.C.

The competition will conclude Friday with the winner announced Saturday.

The Granada Hills team scored 50,801 points out of a possible 60,000 during the California competition last month to take the state title and qualify for the national competition.

Members of the Granada Hills team — which also won the LAUSD decathlon in February — are Harsimar Dhanoa, Elysia Eastty, Shagun Goyal, Riki Higashida, Austin Kang, Jiyong “Eugene” Lee, Joon Lee, Sindhura Seeni and Celine Ta.

California schools have won the last eight national titles and 13 of the past 16.

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Comments (7)
  1. Rob says:

    Not one white student. The new LOS ANGELES!

    1. LA Asian says:

      maybe because these ‘non-white’ students study harder than what you called white student…am i right or am i right!

  2. It's No Surprise says:

    Parents in some cultures seem to place more importance on education than in other cultures. If the parents don’t care, why should their children? I’ll bet those nine students also have few to zero absences from school; again, thanks to their parents.

  3. Roger Pine says:

    White students are busy partying out.

  4. Highlander says:

    Who cares about their race or ethnicity… I am glad to see Granada in the news as a winner again. Now, can we work on the football program? Go Scots, Go.

  5. Jinx says:

    Glad Granada’s being recognized! Race and Ethnicity are not a factor in a child’s success, it’s the drive that the parents instill in their children early and kids carry it throughout HS and College and become successful. It is our job as parents to emphasize the importance of education and intelligence. Otherwise, they’ll be picking up trash from streets as my grammy used to say. lol

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