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Black History Month
LACES students have participated and placed in virtual academic competitions; LAUSD Academic Decathlon, MESA, Science Bowl, Speech and Debate!
Academic Decathlon Please join me in CONGRATULATING our wonderful Academic Decathlon team for completion of another successful competition season. This year was a challenge due to COVID-19. All speeches, interviews and subject tests were administered remotely. Your Decathletes were:
Ruth Lopez, Elena Behzadi, Aliza Patel, Tiara SK, Valerie Ramirez, Tasnim Tarannum, and Roberto Quintero. LACES Academic Decathlon award winners: Tasnim Tarannum- 2nd Place in Essay and 3rd Place in Math competitions and Roberto Quintero - 3rd Place in Economics competition.
Speech and Debate
We would like to congratulate the LACES Speech and Debate team for their performance at their tournament this weekend! Drew Stackpoole won 1st place in POI Speech, Nathan Sokolovsky, Teddy Crockett, Uriel Lopez, and Lawrence Dzhandzhugazov all advanced to the quarter finals in their division, Marie Bedogne won first place speaker in her division, and Uriel Lopez was awarded as one of the top 7 speakers in his division. Congratulations also to participants Molly Zedeck, Ryan Karni, Zev Leventhal, Ravi Gadasally, Jayta Chakraborty, Tara Moore, Abigail Sussman, and extra special shout-out to Emily Kim for coaching Speech!
2021 National Merit Finalists
LACES family, please congratulate and celebrate our two seniors, Yunsu Ha and Macy Pine for earning this very selective and high achievement. Yunsu and Macy represent the less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide who had the highest scoring 11th Grade PSAT exam in CA. Details about the National Merit Finalist competition is attached.
Science Bowl Team
LACES students competed in the annual Department of Energy Science Bowl hosted by the Department of Water and Power. This year, the competition was different as it was held virtually.
We had two teams: Team 1 consisted of Phillip Jeong, Jack Toubes, Francine Ho, Melanie Ho, and Eric Park. Team 2 consisted of Viggo Kovas, Benjamin Bishoff, Yunsu Ha, Joshua Park, and Griffin Davis.
Both teams made it to the playoffs in the afternoon, with our Team 1 finishing in 3rd place! Each member of Team 1 received a $500 Amazon gift card and the school will receive $2000.
The LACES Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement team took all three top spots in the Math Escape Challenge; 1st place in 11/12th grade Civil Structures; in the top three for 9/10th grade Civil Structures; we placed in the top three in most of the additional Civil Structures categories (Innovative Design); and in the top three for MESA Machine. Congratulations!!
Our LACES Middle School students have taken the world of ESports by storm!
PROPS TO OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL ESPORTS TOURNEY WINNERS:
Mr. Shows, our Athletic Director, has been working with our students and by announcing ESports tournaments (run by FIYA) and he recently acknowledged those winners! Chess: Spencer Doi - Champion, Rene T. - Runner - Up, Mahreen Mir- Lost in Consolation championship. NBA2K: Shelton Bryant - Runner-up Madden: Carter Musich - Lost in semi-finals CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED AND ESPECIALLY OUR WINNERS. GO UNICORNS!