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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1985
As a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I was enraged when I read the article (May 15), "Schools Order Ethnic, Sex Balance on Scholar Teams". The idea that teachers should be forced to select academic decathlon teams that "reflect the ethnic makeup" of the student body is absurd. Are we in the 1980s? Aren't we supposed to be teaching our children about minority and women's rights? Giving students preference to any team, over more qualified people who are better prepared, because of sex or race instills a false sense of security to those students and promotes laziness, cheating and lying.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2001 | MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rivals knew one of them would be the best in the state, and after two days of brain-busting competition, it was El Camino Real. The Woodland Hills high school topped Ventura County's Moorpark High on Sunday to become California's representative in the U.S. Academic Decathlon. El Camino Real claimed its fifth state championship in 10 years, earning another opportunity to take back the national title it won in 1998. Moorpark was the national winner in 1999.
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SPORTS
January 13, 1987
Foothill, Loara and Woodbridge high schools each had two players selected to the National Football Foundation's scholar-athlete team in Orange County. Foothill placed nose guard Randy Laycock and offensive tackle Mike Gazzaniga on the 20-member team. Woodbridge had running back David Townsend and quarterback Mike Yurkovich selected. Loara had linebacker Brian Malavar and defensive Tony Ferrentino selected. Players chosen for the team must be all-league selections who maintained at least a 3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1996
It happens. Your child is teething. Your pet is in heat. Your boss begins your job appraisal by forgetting your name. And the federal income tax return check arrives in the mail just in time to pay it all out on car registration and county property taxes. At such times, it's not uncommon for some people to wax nostalgic for less stressful times, like college. Generally, this is not a good idea. You recall the very few responsibilities you had back then. Perhaps studying was your only real task.
SPORTS
January 13, 1987
Foothill, Loara and Woodbridge high schools each had two players selected to the National Football Foundation's scholar-athlete team in Orange County. Foothill placed nose guard Randy Laycock and offensive tackle Mike Gazzaniga on the 20-member team. Woodbridge had running back David Townsend and quarterback Mike Yurkovich selected. Loara had linebacker Brian Malavar and defensive Tony Ferrentino selected. Players chosen for the team must be all-league selections who maintained at least a 3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1985
Those irate correspondents (Letters, May 24) who vehemently responded to the Los Angeles Unified School District's policies concerning the academic decathlon understand neither the purposes of the decathlon itself, nor the thrust of the recently publicized "quota" system. First, the academic decathlon was not conceived to demonstrate that those students who scored well on standardized tests could prevail in yet another academic contest. Rather, the diligence in preparation by the students, and skill in motivation by the coaches, was emphasized; thus "superquiz" topics such as energy, housing and futurism were assigned, topics that are relatively unknown by even the most well-read students in general.
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