El Camino Real High School students, faculty and parents turned out Monday to celebrate the Academic Decathlon team's sixth consecutive school district win and trip to the state finals.
The nine team members, all seniors and all in their first year of Academic Decathlon competition, received certificates of appreciation from Los Angeles Unified School District board member Valerie Fields.
The students said they are hoping for a strong showing in the state competition, to be held March 16-18 in Los Angeles. The national finals will be held in Anchorage, beginning April 16.
"When the state comes, that's when the real competition gets started," said Dennis Kuo, the team's and district's highest point getter. "I want to win the state, so we can go on to Alaska."