By Mary Lynch
The academic decathletes from Franklin High School in Highland Park placed sixth among 68 schools in the recent California state finals of the Academic Decathlon.
While not the top spot they had hoped for, “it was a great experience for the team,” said co-coach Patrick Dowd, a biology teacher at Franklin. “The students worked really hard and we’re all proud of their accomplishments.”
In February, the Franklin team won the Los Angeles city-level championship in the Academic Decathlon for the first time in school history. They continued to compete with distinction at the state competition.
Jade Tolentino, a junior, was the overall top scorer for Franklin with 8,723.3 points out of a possible 10,000. Four team members were individually recognized for achieving scores in the top three in various competition categories. They are David Flores, a senior (Music); Henry Reyes, a junior, (Art); Katie Rodriguez, a senior (Interview); and Tina Wu, a senior (Literature).
The winner of the California Academic Decathlon was Granada Hills Charter High School, which will compete at the national tournament in April in Minnesota.