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May 10, 1987
I read with interest the article about David Florey, a C-average student, who scored highest at the U.S. Academic Decathlon in Dallas. ("C Student Who Makes the Grade" by Larry Gordon and Jeannine Stein, May 1). It is not surprising to learn that this winner is known as a "free spirit," one who does his own thing, one who refuses to lock himself into the regimentation of our vast educational system. Those potential geniuses who faithfully follow the stultifying regulations of large institutions soon lose their motivation, their dreams and imagination--necessary tools to break out from the mold.
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December 31, 1987 | JEANNINE STEIN
Neither a semester of college nor a brief fling at fame have spoiled David Florey. The iconoclastic 18-year-old who eclipsed 400 other high school students and scored the highest at the U.S. Academic Decathlon last April is keeping a somewhat low profile as a freshman at UC Berkeley in the noble pursuit of knowledge. Florey made an impact on the country when he and several classmates from John Marshall High School took first place at the decathlon.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1987
I want to congratulate David Florey and the rest of the members of the Academic Decathlon team from Marshall High for their superior showing in Dallas. These students proved that learning needn't be boring--they exemplify what smart, good teaching can accomplish. Their big win poses questions that your article only vaguely addresses, however. I want to know more about this remarkable teacher, David Tokofsky. Just how does one teach children how to learn? How to enjoy the process of learning?
NEWS
May 10, 1987
I read with interest the article about David Florey, a C-average student, who scored highest at the U.S. Academic Decathlon in Dallas. ("C Student Who Makes the Grade" by Larry Gordon and Jeannine Stein, May 1). It is not surprising to learn that this winner is known as a "free spirit," one who does his own thing, one who refuses to lock himself into the regimentation of our vast educational system. Those potential geniuses who faithfully follow the stultifying regulations of large institutions soon lose their motivation, their dreams and imagination--necessary tools to break out from the mold.
NEWS
December 31, 1987 | JEANNINE STEIN
Neither a semester of college nor a brief fling at fame have spoiled David Florey. The iconoclastic 18-year-old who eclipsed 400 other high school students and scored the highest at the U.S. Academic Decathlon last April is keeping a somewhat low profile as a freshman at UC Berkeley in the noble pursuit of knowledge. Florey made an impact on the country when he and several classmates from John Marshall High School took first place at the decathlon.
NEWS
April 28, 1987 | LARRY GORDON, Times Staff Writer
John Marshall High School of Los Angeles triumphed Monday at the U.S. Academic Decathlon, capturing first place and flying home with a weighty batch of medals and $16,000 in scholarships. A high school from the Los Angeles Unified School District had never before won even a state championship in the grueling battle of brains for high school students. David Florey, 17, a Marshall senior with a C average, scored the highest of all the nearly 400 youngsters in the competition.
NEWS
May 1, 1987 | LARRY GORDON and JEANNINE STEIN, Times Staff Writers
David Florey opens the door to his apartment at 3 p.m. and blinks into the sunlight. After being followed by a camera crew all morning, the 17-year-old John Marshall High School senior has taken refuge at home. "I had to get away from school for a while," he says, explaining his disappearance. Florey, a senior, achieved instant stardom when his team from Marshall took first place at the U.S.
NEWS
April 27, 1987 | Associated Press
John Marshall High School of Los Angeles took top honors today in the 1987 United States Academic Decathlon. Marshall defeated 37 other six-student teams from around the country in a weekend of competition that included an oral "Super Quiz" and written tests in economics, fine arts, language, literature, science, social science and mathematics. Marshall, an ethnically mixed, Los Feliz-area school, was the first school from outside Texas to win the national competition since 1983.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1987
At typical big-city high schools the campus champions rest on athletic laurels. At Los Angeles' John Marshall High School the current heroes earned their trophies with intellectual victories. The team's winning performance at the U.S. Academic Decathlon proves that it is the best in the city, the state and the nation.
NEWS
March 12, 1987
With the championship of the Los Angeles Unified School District already under its belt for the second year, Marshall High School's academic decathlon team is to fly to Sacramento today for a statewide battle of brains. The team from the Silver Lake-Los Feliz area school is to compete Saturday with young scholars from 45 other California schools in a series of written and oral tests on topics ranging from Renaissance art to constitutional law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1987
I want to congratulate David Florey and the rest of the members of the Academic Decathlon team from Marshall High for their superior showing in Dallas. These students proved that learning needn't be boring--they exemplify what smart, good teaching can accomplish. Their big win poses questions that your article only vaguely addresses, however. I want to know more about this remarkable teacher, David Tokofsky. Just how does one teach children how to learn? How to enjoy the process of learning?
NEWS
May 1, 1987 | LARRY GORDON and JEANNINE STEIN, Times Staff Writers
David Florey opens the door to his apartment at 3 p.m. and blinks into the sunlight. After being followed by a camera crew all morning, the 17-year-old John Marshall High School senior has taken refuge at home. "I had to get away from school for a while," he says, explaining his disappearance. Florey, a senior, achieved instant stardom when his team from Marshall took first place at the U.S.
NEWS
April 28, 1987 | LARRY GORDON, Times Staff Writer
John Marshall High School of Los Angeles triumphed Monday at the U.S. Academic Decathlon, capturing first place and flying home with a weighty batch of medals and $16,000 in scholarships. A high school from the Los Angeles Unified School District had never before won even a state championship in the grueling battle of brains for high school students. David Florey, 17, a Marshall senior with a C average, scored the highest of all the nearly 400 youngsters in the competition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1987 | LARRY GORDON, Times Staff Writer
John Marshall High School of Los Angeles took a strong lead Saturday in the U.S. Academic Decathlon--the nation's intellectual Olympics for high schoolers. With scores in six of the 10 events announced, the Los Feliz-Silver Lake-area school had a strong hold on first place with 29,778 points out of a possible 36,000. Ranked next with 26,408 points was John Foster Dulles High School of Sugar Land, Tex.; and in third place was Shaker Heights High School of Shaker Heights, Ohio, with 25,872 points.
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