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Team Profile

April 10, 2002

Starting today in Phoenix, eight seniors and one junior from Moorpark High School will take on teams from across the nation at the U.S. Academic Decathlon in an attempt to reclaim the title won by the school in 1999.

Julie Bristol

GPA: 3.4

Nickname: "Jules"

Age: 18

After graduation: A master's/teaching credential program

Speech topic: How Yesenia Alvia inspired me to work toward a career in teaching instead of law

Strong events: Math, speech, interview

One-sentence description: "I love to learn, I love to live and I love to be."

Jerome Yang

GPA: 3.4

Nickname: "J-Ro"

Age: 18

After graduation: UC San Diego, economics

Speech topic: Cultural diversity in education

Strong events: Literature and economics

"I like ketchup."

Dean Reich

GPA: 4.3

Nickname: "Captain C"

Age: 17

After graduation: Caltech, physics

Speech topic: Vision and perspectives

Strong events: Math and science

"I'm a well-rounded person with a strong work ethic who loves to sleep."

Johnny Mendoza

GPA: 4.1

Nickname: "Monkey"

Age: 18

After graduation: Stanford University, mechanical engineering

Speech topic: Overcoming grief

Strong events: Economics, science and math

"Brown and proud."

Nathaniel Jones

GPA: 4.3

Nickname: "Nate"

Age: 16

After graduation: Wander the world

Speech topic: Rebuilding

Strong events: Essay and art

"El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido." (A community united can never be defeated)

Sheena Sidhu

GPA: 3.9

Nickname: "The Sheenster"

Age: 17

After graduation: UC San Diego

Speech topic: Goodbyes

Strong events: Speech and science

"I am Canadian."

Michelle Kim

GPA: 4.01

Nickname: "Mish"

Age: 18

After graduation: UC Berkeley

Speech topic: Cooperation versus rivalry

Strong events: Art, math and interview

"I am a happy person."

Andy Song

GPA: 4.1

No nickname

Age: 17

After graduation: UCLA, engineering

Speech topic: Wile E. Coyote and perseverance

Strong events: Science and math

"I like vanilla ice cream ... MEEP MEEP!"

Sergio Suarez

GPA: 3.3

No nickname

Age: 18

After graduation: Onward and upward to college and beyond

Speech topic: My father

Strong events: My strength is in being well-rounded

"Constant vigilance!"

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