South Pasadena High School Wins Third Place in California Academic Decathlon

Published : Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | 1:01 PM

Congratulations to the South Pasadena High School (SPHS)’s 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. Go Tigers!

Here are the individual results:

• Steven Chin: Gold(Top SPHS Decathlete), Silver (Art, Literature, Math, Science and Social Science) Bronze (Music and team)
• Adam Hamden: Silver(Essay, and Math) Bronze (Social Science and team)
• Allison Ou: Bronze (Art, Math, Science, Speech, and team)
• Thomas Sawano: Silver(Econ, Math, Music, and Science), Bronze (team)
• Dexter Hawes: Gold (Interview), Silver(Essay), Bronze (Science and team)
• Ryan Jeong: Gold(Essay), Silver (Math), Bronze (Science and team)
• Grace Goldman: Silver (Interview and Speech), Bronze (Essay, Science, Social Science and team)
• Danny Safaoui: Silver(Social Science), Bronze (team)
• Zane Atkinson: Bronze(team)
• Timothy An: Bronze(team)
• Oliver Valcorza: Bronze(team)

For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent,

South Pasadena High School, 1401 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, (626) 441-5820 or visit

South Pasadena Unified School District, 1020 El Centro St., South Pasadena, (626) 441-5810 or visit








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