La Salle Hosts Los Angeles Round of the World Scholars Cup; Take Home Top Awards

La Salle College Preparatory played tournament host for the Los Angeles Round of the World Scholars Cup held for over 200 students and took place on the school’s campus from March 15 – 18, 2019. Most notably, La Salle’s scholars won both individual and team titles.

“I’m proud of our La Salle team. Our 40+ Academic Decathlon students crammed hard for six weeks on almost a thousand pages of shared notes,” noted La Salle’s Academic Decathlon moderator, John Erb. “These students have devoted hours of effort to master these subjects, and the awards they have reaped are well earned.”

Junior Colby Stenzel finished the competition in 1st place individually and with his teammates, Matt Day ’21 and Ewan Painter ’20. In the top 10 places, five of those were rewarded to La Salle’s Lancers: Stenzel in 1st; Quinn Painter ’22 in 2nd place; Evelyn Ogier ’20 in 4th; Matt Day ’21 in 6th; Adam Lewczuk ’21 in 10th place.

The team category for the competition also proved to be successful for the Lancers. Seven teams from La Salle College Preparatory finished in the top 10 teams. Out of over 65 competing teams, all 14 of La Salle’s competing teams qualified for the global round, taking place in July 2019.

La Salle’s students finished strongly in the Scholars Challenge, a 120-question test with six identified subcategories. Of the six categories, seven Lancers game in first place: Matt Day, Matt Dean ’19 and Ivan Tran ’22 tied for first in science. Finally, Aaron Escamilla ‘20 won the Asimov Award for best overall performance in the multiple-choice portion.

La Salle’s Academic Decathlon team is moderated by John Erb. For more information about the program, please contact him at

La Salle College Preparatory, 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-8951 or visit











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