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La Jolla High School team wins Academic League Championships

La Jolla High’s Varsity Academic League team includes Clay Halbert, Andre Gonawela, Charlie Mann, Vincent Doehr, James Malouf, Erica Liu, Thomas Garcia, Amir Dalichaouch and coach Aaron Quesnell.
La Jolla High’s Varsity Academic League team includes Clay Halbert, Andre Gonawela, Charlie Mann, Vincent Doehr, James Malouf, Erica Liu, Thomas Garcia, Amir Dalichaouch and coach Aaron Quesnell.

The La Jolla High School Academic League team, under the guidance of coach Aaron Quesnell, took first place in this year’s Academic League County Championship. The team will advance to the national finals in Chicago. La Jolla High’s team defeated the other finalist team from Olympian High, 103 to 59, at the April 23 event. The other

schools competing in the semifinals April 23 were Helix and Torrey Pines high schools.

The La Jolla High team placed second last year. Team captain Erica Liu (holding the trophy in photo) has been on the team for four years and will be attending MIT College of Engineering in the fall.

Academic League is a Jeopardy-like competition in which students compete against the clock as well as each other. There are three levels of competition: Novice, Junior Varsity and Varsity. Only varsity matches are eligible for county finals.

During the season leading up to the finals, more than 70 high schools throughout the county participated in Academic League competitions. The finals will be rebroadcast on iTV Cable Channel 16 at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30.