El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills placed second to an Orange County team Saturday in the public portion of the high-stakes Super Quiz competition at the California Academic Decathlon.
The victory establishes Laguna Hills High School as a strong contender to win the entire tournament today, when point totals from all 10 events are tallied and announced at an awards ceremony.
"We didn't see them coming," said Matthew Backes from El Camino. "We're worried about them, but we still think we have a chance of winning the entire event."
This year's Super Quiz topic, the United Nations, tested students' knowledge of international affairs.
Beverly Hills High School was declared the fifth-place winner in the event.