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El Camino Real Charter High Wins National 2014 Academic Decathlon

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El Camino Real Academic Decathlon team

Neelem Sheikh, left, Jose Apolaya, Melissa Cheng and Rohan Boone, seen after winning the state’s 2014 Academic Decathlon in March, helped the El Camino Real Charter High School team beat 52 others to win the national title. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

El Camino Real Charter High School claimed the national 2014 Academic Decathlon title Saturday, marking the seventh time the Woodland Hills school has won the honor.

The school earned 52,601.1 points out of a possible 60,000, beating 52 other teams for the title. Granada Hills Charter High School finished second, about 200 points behind El Camino, a difference of about 10 questions.

El Camino also narrowly edged Granada Hills in the California competition in March. The title is L.A. Unified’s 15th national championship. California schools have now won the last dozen U.S. titles and 16 of the last 19.

“The decathlon demands an incredible commitment by the students, coaches and their families, and I congratulate them all on this record-setting achievement,” said Los Angeles Board of Education member Tamar Galatzan.

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