It's official: Beverly Hills High School is the overall winner in the state Academic Decathlon for the third consecutive year.
The announcement Saturday at the awards banquet in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel brought screams of excitement and relief.
"I am just really excited," coach Jane Wortman said. "Yesterday, I was very calm. But today, as soon as they started announcing the winners, my heart started racing. I knew coming in today that it was neck-and-neck with a few other schools."
Indeed, the scores were close in the seventh annual decathlon. Beverly Hills, which scored 45,351 points of a possible 60,000, was trailed by Foothill High School of Orange County, with 44,190 points. Marshall High School of Los Angeles was third with 43,516 points.
There was self-imposed pressure on Beverly Hills' six-member team to repeat as champions, Wortman said. "Everybody hopes that we can continue the tradition," she said.