Team members from Taft said Wednesday they remain determined to keep the state and possibly even the national trophies in Woodland Hills. And with the national championship in Honolulu next month, winning the top prize would be an extra-sweet victory. “We’re working as hard as we can and we’re looking forward to having a good time,” said Taft senior Brittany Gorin. “Hawaii is definitely a big incentive.” The Los Angeles teams will compete against those from across the state, including Moorpark and Oxnard high schools from Ventura County and private-school winner Bishop Alemany High School from Mission Hills. Competition begins Friday with essay and objective tests before moving to the Super Quiz competition Saturday at UCLA. Winners will be announced Sunday. High school academic decathlon teams from across California will face off beginning Friday for the coveted state championship trophy that will earn the winners a ticket to national competitions in Hawaii. This year’s Los Angeles Unified School District champs from Granada Hills Charter will be joined by wild-card teams from El Camino Real, North Hollywood, Marshall, Garfield, Palisades Charter, Taft and Narbonne high schools. This is the first time Granada Hills has won the LAUSD trophy, edging out reigning national champ Taft High School of Woodland Hills, which finished in seventh place. The nine-member team from Granada Hills scored 49,775 of a possible 60,000 points. California has won 13 of 25 national championships, with nine of those earned by LAUSD teams. Last year, Taft won its third national championship. Taft also won in 1988 and 1993. Four-time national champion El Camino Real, also of Woodland Hills, came in second in the district this year, with 48,880.6 of a possible 60,000 points. Last year, El Camino also placed second to Taft. El Camino took the top national prize in 2005. The Academic Decathlon consists of multiple-choice tests in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music and science, as well as the Super Quiz oral relay and written contests, interviews, speech and essay competitions. Although teams can compete with as few as six students, each typically has nine: three with grade-point averages of 3.75 to 4.00; three with GPAs of 3.00 to 3.74; and three with GPAs below 3.00. [email protected] (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!