Our Historic Anaheim Campus and Fairmont Prep are no strangers to regional and statewide recognition. The spotlight shined on these two campuses once again this March, when HAC took home top honors at the OC Pentathlon for the 28th year in a row, and the Prep earned the bronze medal (3rd place) for all of California in its division!

HAC 7th and 8th grade pentathletes not only won the overall grade-level prizes, they placed first in the prestigious Super Quiz competition. And several Panthers took home individual awards – 22 first place, 15 second place, 14 third place, and 9 fourth place.

“Students at Fairmont Historic Anaheim are curious learners and highly engaged in the world around them,” said Head of School Becky Lugo. “They are eager to learn new information and willing to take risks in order to grow the depth and breadth of their knowledge. They will push their personal comfort zones, engage in highly collaborative efforts, and find their unique footing in leadership — all with the common goal of growing as individuals and as a team.”

Meanwhile, for the first time in school history, Fairmont Prep was invited to participate in the California Academic Decathlon competition. The month before the competition was spent in intensive review, practice, more review, and more practice. “To our amazement, we won six bronze medals, three silver medals, and one gold medal,” said Dr. Robert Varnold, Academic Decathlon Coach and Science Department Chair. “We were so excited when it was announced that we won a bronze medal for the team award in our division! It’s been a great year, with so many firsts for the Prep Academic Decathlon team.” In addition to the team taking third place at the state level, two Huskies won bronze medals for having the highest overall scores in their individual divisions. What is truly outstanding is that one of those students is a freshman, who competed against California juniors and seniors.

Fairmont has a long and impressive history of dominating academic contests. HAC’s and the Prep’s 2022 showings extend this rich tradition and speak to the dedication of our students, as well as the ability of our teachers to meet students where they are and help them reach their highest potential.

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