ARCHIVES Search | Login | Search Tips | FAQ | Pricing | About the Archive | Terms
ProQuest is no longer the archive provider for Los Angeles Times. Please visit their web site to view their new archive. If you have previously purchased articles, you may log in to view them. If you have an active article plan, you may log in and continue to use it.
Start a New Search
Buy Complete Document: AbstractAbstract Full Text Full Text
El Camino Is Academic Champ -- Again; It's the third national decathlon first place for the Woodland Hills high school.
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Secondary schools; Secondary school students; Contests; Academic achievement
Author: Fausset, Richard
Date: Apr 18, 2004
Start Page: B.1
Section: California Metro; Part B; Metro Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

El Camino coaches estimate the team logged more than 1,200 hours of organized study to prepare for the grueling, two-day series of tests covering topics from music theory to economics. El Camino entered the competition ranked No. 1 out of 41 teams, having earned the highest score in any statewide contest.

With a smile, [Melinda Owen] conceded that it might have had something to do with the team's matching black satin jackets. According to Owen, the El Camino team began working on the decathlon last summer, putting in three seven-hour study sessions per week.

El Camino assistant coach Christian Cerone said it's hard for some outsiders to understand the culture in California's most decathlon-crazy schools. At El Camino, joining "Deca" doesn't carry the stigma of geekdom. And the kids tend to push themselves without much prodding.

Buy Complete Document: AbstractAbstract Full Text Full Text

Most Viewed Articles  (Updated Daily)