Academic Decathlon Places Third at State

The 2017-2018 SPHS Academic Decathlon Team recently placed third in California state competition

Congratulations to the SPHS Academic Decathlon Team for placing third in California state competition! It’s an amazing feat for all the participants and their coach, Oliver Valcorza. The team became the first non-charter school to reach a score higher than 53,500 points in the entire history of Academic Decathlon. The team scored 59,007.1, including the Super Quiz Relay. This phenomenal team brought home 41 medals – a medal in every single category.

Said silver medalist and senior Thomas Sawano “this is only one year of an expanding legacy of consistent growth and improvement that our team emphasizes.” Sawano encourages any and all interested to “stop in Room 125 and talk to our coach, Mr. Oliver Valcorza!”

The following students are part of the Academic Decathlon teams: Zane Atkinson, Maegan Chang, Steven Chin, Dawson Galluzzi, Grace Goldman, Adam Hamden, Dexter Hawes, Kimberly Hsueh, Harry Huang, Ryan Jeong, Tate Johnson, Chris Kalaw, Michael Marino, Allison Ou, Yoli Patzkowski, Danny Safaoui, Thomas Sawano, Brian Sheldon, Sofia Tomanov, and Austin Wong

Congratulations to teacher Oliver Valcorza and all the student competitors.

      Go Tigers!

Here are the individual results:

  • Steven ChinGold(Top SPHS Decathlete), Silver (Art, Literature, Math, Science and Social Science) Bronze (Music and team)
  • Adam HamdenSilver(Essay, and Math) Bronze (Social Science and team)
  • Allison OuBronze (Art, Math, Science, Speech, and team)
  • Thomas SawanoSilver(Econ, Math, Music, and Science), Bronze (team)
  • Dexter HawesGold (Interview), Silver(Essay), Bronze (Science and team)
  • Ryan JeongGold(Essay), Silver (Math), Bronze (Science and team)
  • Grace GoldmanSilver (Interview and Speech), Bronze (Essay, Science, Social Science and team)
  • Danny SafaouiSilver(Social Science), Bronze (team)
  • Zane AtkinsonBronze(team)
  • Timothy AnBronze(team)
  • Oliver ValcorzaBronze(team)
  • PHOTO: Courtesy of South Pasadena High School | SouthPasadenan.com | SPHS Academic Decathlon team members along with their coach pictured at the California state competition

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