Photos courtesy of Allison Ou
South Pasadena’s Academic Decathlon Team clenched 3rd place in its state competition this past weekend. After months of hard work and dedication, the students managed to beat out several other contending teams to secure a spot in the top of the state. Competition took place in Sacramento over the week of March 19. From here, the decathletes will advance to National competition in April.
The team beat out local competitors Franklin High School and Mark Keppel, who followed suit with fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The teams competed in various rounds designed to examine the extent of decathletes knowledge on this year’s topic: Africa. Interviews, impromptu speeches, and long essays all pitted competing decathletes against each other and other respective schools throughout the event.
“I’m glad that all of our hard work in this past year has finally paid off during the state competition.” Top-scoring South Pas Decathlete junior Steven Chin said. “For most of [the team this year], this was our first time going to state and I’m just happy that we can all leave the competition feeling proud about our achievements and with cherished memories of this experience.”