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South Pasadena High Finishes Second in Academic Decathlon

Mark Keppel High School won the Los Angeles County Office of Education's Academic Decathlon and will move on to the statewide competition, along with 11 other county schools that qualified as wild-card entrants, officials announced Wednesday.

Keppel won the county decathlon with 46,723.7 points out of a possible 65,400, according to results announced at a ceremony in Montebello. South Pasadena High School finished a close second with 46,687.4 points.

Both teams will advance to the California Academic Decathlon, which will be held March 20-23 in Sacramento.

In addition to Keppel and South Pasadena, other LACOE teams that will advance to the state competition are Redondo Union, Beverly Hills, West High of Torrance, South High of Torrance, Alhambra, Edgewood, Torrance, Burbank, El Rancho and West Ranch.

The top scoring competitor in the county competition was Daniel Wang of West High School, who earned 8,911.4 points out of a possible 10,000. Luke Murphy of Redondo Union scored 8,473.3 points and Bonnie Lam of Alhambra earned 8,294.6.

The study theme for the competition, which took place Jan. 25 at El Rancho High School and Feb. 1 at USC, was World War I.

The county teams will be joined at the state competition by 12 schools from the Los Angeles Unified School District, led by district champion Marshall High.

—City News Service

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