Granada Hills Charter High School wins back-to-back national academic decathlon titles

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The academic decathlon team at Granada Hills Charter High School has done it again — it’s won a second straight national title.

For more than 10 months, Granada Hills coach Nick Weber helped the nine-student team brush up on everything they needed to know on this year’s academic decathlon theme: The Age of Empire. And much like the kings they studied, they’ve come out victors.

"We are the national champions for the second year in a row," Weber said, "and in the process broke or shattered the all-time scoring record for a team."

They also had the first "Varsity" member (that’s decathlon talk for a C-average student) in the decathlon’s 30-year history to score more than 9,000 points. That student, senior Jimmy Wu, said he got lucky.

"I messed up my impromptu and the math quiz was really hard for me," Wu said, "but I guess I stuck to it."

The grueling two-day competition was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The team will be honored at a breakfast banquet at the high school on Monday morning.

After that, said Wu, it’ll be time to cram for AP exams.