first_img“They gave a good team effort, which means practices were enjoyable and it was a fun atmosphere,” Lam said. Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Office of Education in Downey, the decathlon tests students on analytical skills, performance abilities and writing aptitude in 10 categories – art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, math, music, social science, speech and a Super Quiz. A total of 53 teams and about 500 students competed in this year’s decathlon, including 10 squads in the junior division. For the third year in a row, West High in Torrance finished first, earning 44,752 points out of a possible 60,000. Runner-up Mark Keppel High in Alhambra earned 43,934 points. “But you are all winners,” Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Darline Robles told the students. “And we look forward to seeing you next year.” MONTEBELLO – El Rancho High School took sixth place Thursday among 43 high schools competing in the county’s annual Academic Decathlon. El Rancho earned 38,999 points overall in the competition, which was held over the past two weeks at El Rancho and West High in Torrance. Winners were announced at an awards banquet Thursday at the Quiet Cannon Country Club in Montebello. “I think they did really well,” said El Rancho High graduate Dawn Lam, who coached the school’s team for the first time this year. Only one student returned to the El Rancho team from last year, when the school placed fifth in the county competition. El Rancho High senior Thomas Medina, 18, said his team might have done better, but this year’s decathlon topic of China and its global influence “was more foreign to us than last year’s topic, which was the Renaissance.” “But we didn’t do badly. We’re only one spot down from where we placed last year,” he added. “We could have done better, but it wasn’t from a lack of effort.” The West High team advances to the state’s Academic Decathlon in March in Los Angeles. The state winner will earn a trip to Honolulu in April for the U.S. Academic Decathlon. [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgDragons’ Den star and author Peter Casey has launched an Irish-based online interviewing company in Donegal which he claims will lead change in the future of the recruiting sector.Peter CaseyOnline Interview is an online hiring system that allows companies a flexible solution to create and record live or automated video interviews using immediate candidate responses to important questions.While Online Interview ( will operate worldwide, the company will be based in Buncrana, with offices in Dublin, and hopes to be employing ten people by the end of the year. Pre-sales support operations are currently based in Chicago and will be handled in Donegal in the next few months.Mr Casey, who made his fortune in executive recruiting, predicts a year one turnover of €1m for Online Interview, rising to €3m at the end of year two.“Online Interviews will be the most disruptive tool in recruiting and training since the introduction of the internet,” said Mr Casey, who has partnered with Managing Director Elton Hysa in the new company which was launched with a live webinar from Chicago in Dublin this week.“This technology is going to completely change the way that recruiting and training is going forward,” said Mr Casey. “It is built with the reality of recruiting in mind and it allows the client to better sell their company to the candidate and vice versa.“Interviews can be two-way or one-way – or we can have a number of different hiring managers online at the one time.“It is also user friendly for the applicant, allowing them to re-record answers to a specific question a number of times until they are happy.“Candidates don’t necessarily need to take off work to record and submit their answers. They can do it from the comfort of their home and therefore eliminate any travel time.“I describe this system as being like Skype with steroids. Its beauty is that you can pre-programme questions and answers, follow up with up to ten hiring manager and allow them to give feedback to candidates. “The system is compatible with all existing Applicant Tracking Systems and is also invaluable as a sales and training tool for companies currently using it in Australia and Tokyo.“It is completely customisable and companies are already finding advantages in uploading training and promotional material for potential candidates and existing staff.“We developed this technology 12 years ago using Cold Fusion and Sql, but the issue was that the files were massive and people had to go out of their way to do it.“Cloud-based technology has now caught up and the stage is set for us to integrate with some of the world’s best recruiters. “It is a more customised, flexible, unlimited and affordable patented product than anything else that is out there.“We have a lot of clients that are currently using it, which has been a huge plus to our development from the start.”DRAGONS’ DEN STAR LAUNCHES ONLINE RECRUITING COMPANY IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:online recruitingPeter Caseylast_img read more