West High School of Torrance was declared the winner of the 28th annual Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon today and will advance to the state competition next month.
West High scored 43,999 points out of a possible 60,000, narrowly defeating Keppel High School of Alhambra, which scored 43,741 points during the county competition.
West and Keppel will both advance to the California Academic Decathlon, along with four other county high schools that scored high enough to qualify for the competition: Torrance (42,823 points), El Rancho High School of Pico Rivera (41,849), Beverly Hills (41,206), Redondo Union (40,979) and San Marino (40,194).
The winner of the Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon will be announced later today.
Sixty teams with a total of about 540 students participated in the county Office of Education's decathlon, which was held Jan. 30 at El Rancho High School and last Saturday at USC.
The top-scoring student at the county competition was Jordan Smolinsky, a senior at West High School, with 8,525 points out of a possible 10,000.
Patrick Xiao, a senior from West, was second with 8,215 points and Shao Yi Qian, a junior from Alhambra High School was thired with 7,972 points.
The county decathlon focused on the subject of the French Revolution.
The winner of the state competition will advance to the U.S. Academic Decathlon on April 21-24 in Omaha, Neb.
Last year's state champion, Moorpark High School in Ventura County, went on to win the national competition.