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Feb 8, 2019 1:55 PM 2+ mon ago

West High goes to the top of the class in academic decathlon

After her team won Los Angeles County's academic decathlon, Annie Dai suddenly did not feel among the best and brightest. She was so excited that, for a moment, she could not remember her name or her age.

Fortunately, when it came to the 700-page study guide, Annie, a 17-year-old senior, was entirely in the groove, along with seven teammates from West High in Torrance.

The annual decathlon seeks to do for brainiacs what high school sports do for jocks -- make stars of them while also teaching them teamwork. Like dedicated athletes, these students make sacrifices. On top of already tough course schedules, the West High scholars -- under the guidance of head coach and biology teacher Ann Cortina -- had studied together about five hours a day since last summer, a lot of it in the school library, which ...

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