HIGH LIFE A WEEKLY FORUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS : Laguna Hills High Wins 5th Place in California Academic Decathlon

Laguna Hills High School took fifth place last weekend in its first appearance at the California Academic Decathlon, an intellectual competition won for the second consecutive year by Taft High School of Los Angeles.

Jeremy Roethler, a Laguna Hills senior, was the overall individual winner in the scholastic category, one of three categories in which students compete.

In all, 405 students on 45 teams from schools around the state participated in the 10th statewide contest in Bakersfield.

Taft advances to the Academic Decathlon finals April 28 through May 1 at Providence, R.I.


Beverly Hills High School took second place, while third went to Roosevelt High of Fresno and fourth to Palo Alto High.

Other members of the Laguna Hills squad, which is coached by English teachers Kathy Lane and Roger Gunderson, are Michael Craska, Jack Dietz, Julian Kingston, Michael Landis, Jeff McCombs, Tyler Suchman, Michael Symons and Don Varner.

Laguna Hills won the county’s Academic Decathlon on Dec. 10. Foothill High of Santa Ana finished second and Sunny Hills High of Fullerton was third.

Student fees at the 19 Cal State campuses will rise 10% for residents and 21% for out-of-staters in September, the system’s board of trustees decided recently.


Full-time students who are California residents will pay $750 a year for their education, and non-residents will pay $5,670, excluding the extra costs of parking, room and board and campus activity fees.

Referring to projections that 186,000 students will be added to the current 355,000 by the year 2000, Chancellor W. Ann Reynolds said officials will be studying the possibility of building new campuses.

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