Monday, April 19, 2004

ARAMAIC RULES! The California team with the Aramaic jackets won first place at the academic decathlon in Idaho.
Three-peat's oh so sweet (Los Angeles Daily News)

By Lisa M. Sodders
Staff Writer

BOISE, Idaho -- In a record-breaking, nerve-racking finish Saturday, Woodland Hills' El Camino Real High School squeaked past a rival Arizona team to win the 23rd annual U.S. Academic Decathlon.

About 270 points out of a possible 60,000 total separated the two teams and gave El Camino its third national championship, making it the only California team to claim three national titles.


Team members also finally revealed the meaning of the mysterious motto written in Aramaic on the back of their black satin team jackets: "The only difference between genius and insanity is 12 inches," a play on Thomas Edison's expression, which held that the difference was a work ethic, [team member Eric] Rasyidi said.

I have to admit I'm having trouble retroverting that back into Aramaic, but whatever.

Congratulations to the El Camino Real High School team for winning the competition.

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