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]dorsed )hotoS) forrn avor 0{ Levy~ Beverly Hills Students To Compete In State Finals Academic Decathlon Team Flexes Mental Muscle By Amanda Michne lqus wc0kcnd slu(knts from Bcx.:llx fh]ls !ligh School ~,il[ mccl thcil ~ha]~ from P,dos V~:rdc~ pcnhp, ula m~ ~hc coul~ .i ~hc '~nricd panic', pa:dhm a~ U('I A gut al ~his ha~lc, die sc~,reb.atd will tcl'/ccl t,~1i~1 p,,wcr, no~ juraI, sh~,~s a~ ",tu denis compete n~ a war ~.t ln~c]lcc~ whh 5o '-chm,l', at the sta~c fmab, ,,f tile a~ad flame]) emjc decathhm )tlrier'sBcverv'~,~eanl,~hichbasqualifcd , )m,ceinthcs tell /Is ,.c,. , h,: 9"old I~ last six years, ~laccd tourdl out ol 55 sch,~ob, in the I. A County c~pctit~ heM Feb al T~,lrancc lligb School earni'ng 4o.27o points out of a p,assible 60,t}00 :OIOca[ The teal ~ c eludes Ben ltar is, Devin Karns Adam Levyn. Y)a:'Lt e Alan Nah, Marc Roscnblatt. Zach Salir. N:uhan Sentz'and Michael Tang, "trains' or the event with their coach jotm Bor~.um, a ~ong-time Be,.elly Hills tfigh proba" School math teacher Preparation inchldes one hour of class timc during ~cho~,l ' . ~ ~ elr w m . n ffl~j] eachda as vellaslos(fstudvonth o nti e "! de~te a lot oi my time att'er school to this." said Karns His teammates agreed ldots" "There wilt be lots of all nighters later in the week," said Safir tltcrc, ~I'hat may also be when the nervous antIcIpation arrives. "I think the butterflies will set in later in the week" said "Fang. The competition features questions in 10 differerlt events r tO the The team has beer~ preparing since they were chosen last Iune. Of the nine stu- dents on each ~eam, there are three "A" (3 75 and up) students, lhree "B" (3o - .74) stttdents and three "C" (below 3.0) students Borsum explained that the team members come from all different social groups at the school. "Sometimes it brings together students who might not be in the same classes " Borsum said "This gives us a chance to meet other people thai we wouldn't n(~rmally meet." ~a~d Tang In the Finest Jewish Tradition With the Greatest Respect... At our Lowest Possible Prices - One call |or all arrangements Services ilI all Je\~ish cemeleries Specializing in budal h/ ]sracI CHEVRA KADISHA MORTUARY C]!ME} ERII!S ( ,,\SK](I S MARK]:I{S 7832 Santa Monica B~vd, LOS Angeles (323) 6b3 8886 (600) 654-6772 LicenseNo FD-1326 ~Mori~ Cri~to ,~Aor6 a 7) The Bevelfy Hills Academic Decathlon Team at the Los Angeles County Compel#ton Fe& 3 Back, left to right Coach John Borsum, yoav Lude, Zach Safir, Marc Rosenblatt, Oevin Kams Front, left to fight: Michael Tang Nathaa Se~tz, Alan Nah, Aaam Lovyn, Ben Harris ~ne large group clearly missing on the team {his year is girls. t '~as sort of a flukey thing," Borsum said He chose Ihe team through a Process of both lecruiting and applicalions that considered standardized test sc~[es, grades and ability to v, ork within a group o though a ab utit,"Borsum said "1 thought 'We'vegot oge some girls tt~ the team,' It was a tough decision, but I went with who 1 thought was best for he team " I Thebo sa ,x . ted to mee berrvasfr ltPeninsula whowerclnetf(n four y rec cl y "I teams to finish abead of Beverly al Ihe county cor,lpetltlon f know a few of the peop e from Peninsula," sa d Harris "There's a little bi f rlendly Compe ion." .. Lurie, who s a s an a h e e at Beverh', agreed: " [ here's a rad tmn at trash lalk Carrying OVer from sports "' EVenBorsum et no derw'dry '\Ve',,,mttowi}l Iliai kwc'llallbc tally happy fwe hca~gpeninsull h'sa big challenge'" th f I~everly >,ins be s e competition, they ~,ill travel tu Ancholage /'~.[aska h)r A l~h;nal chan/piol,siup ,n June le e o gh it's : cam e re , d~,~nJuals can ~ln nlcdals an i nl st e cases col- g scholarships, gotsum said fi~he sta e competition v, dl take plate Ibis weckentl ovel three locations witb Ihc al showdown courting al Pauley Pa~ ,n at 4 p n on Sa rday Admittance tt~ the event is Iree I1~ March 15 21,2001 3