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High school smarts

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Leonardo DaVinci lived in all of the following except:


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That was the first question of the 2006 LAUSD academic decathlon superquiz. It's being broadcast now on KCLS and will be rebroadcast on LA36. The theme? The Renaissance. Today there are local competitions; state finals run from March 16-19. LA's own El Camino Real High School was last year's national champs, but Taft ruled at the local level. One cool thing about the local coverage is the announcers read every student's name as each team walks in. The smart kids in this city are as diverse a group as any on the planet.

The students study like gangbusters and memorize reams of facts. Playing from home is like watching Jeaopardy, only at least twice as hard, never deviating from the most difficult topic, getting harder all the time. That question up top is the easiest. (The answer is Amsterdam. DaVinci never lived in Amsterdam.) From LAist, props to every kid who's in the game.