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Mark Keppel High places second in county Academic Decathlon

MONTEBELLO — Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, which won the county Academic Decathlon title last year, finished second to South Pasadena High School this year, the county Office of Education has announced.

South Pasadena High scored 52,572.5 points out of a possible 60,000 to win easily. Keppel placed second with 48,390.5, followed by Beverly Hills High School with 47,711.1.

Those three schools along with Edgewood, Redondo Beach, West Torrance and South Torrance high schools will represent the county in the state competition next month.

The competition challenges student teams in 10 subjects: art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, math, music, social science, speech and super quiz. The overall study theme was “New Alternatives in Energy: Ingenuity and Innovation.”

Elise Matsusaka of South Pasadena High School was the top individual scorer in the competition, with 9,119.2 points out of a possible 10,000.Douglas Wu of Beverly Hills High was second with 9,045 points and Chaney Tse of Mark Keppel was third with 8,914.5.
The statewide competition will be held March 15-16 in Sacramento. The winning team will advance to the national contest, which will be held April 16-18 in Garden Grove.