Granada Hills Charter High School will begin defending its title today at the United States Academic Decathlon in Madison, Wisconsin, with the team hoping to bring home its sixth national championship and third in a row.
Teams from across the country will gather in Wisconsin for the intensive three-day competition, with the winner set to be announced Saturday.
Granada Hills won the state Academic Decathlon in Sacramento in March, marking the sixth time the school has won the title in the past seven years.
The nine-member squad scored 55,211 out of a possible 60,000 points.
Members of the team are Melissa Santos, Mark Aguila, Sabrina Carlos,
Jordan Barretto, Sebastian Gonzalez, Christopher Lo, Kevin Ly, Aishah Mahmud
and Peter Shin, with alternates Justin Chiang, Dilawar Khan and Sarah Thraen.
The coaches are Harsimar Dhanoa, Rachael Phipps and Jon Sturtevant.
Granada Hills has won the state decathlon every year since 2011, except
The school has won the national Academic Decathlon five times, taking
home the crown in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. This year’s team includes
four members of last year’s championship squad — Santos, Aguila, Los and
The theme of this year’s competition is World War II.
A California school has won the national championship 14 consecutive
years, and Los Angeles Unified School District schools have won 17 national
championships since 1986.