Calaveras County Office of Education

Academic Decathlon

2014 Calaveras County Academic Decathlon

Saturday, February 1, 2014
Sonora High School
Grades 9-12

For more informatioon please contact:
    Cathy Parker
    Tuolumne County Office of Education
    (209) 536-2073

U.S. Site: http://www.usad.org
State Site: http://www.academicdecathlon.org

The Academic Decathlon, the premiere national scholastic competition for high school students, was created to provide opportunities for students to experience the challenges of rigorous team and individual academic competition. Each student competes in ten events which are Economics, Essay, Art, Interview, Language and Literature, Math, Music, Science, Social Science and Speech. Each year the Science or Social Science topic is used as the Super Quiz topic. The competition format of the Super Quiz differs from that of the other subject areas. While students take one written test in each of the other six subjects, they will take two tests in the Super Quiz subject: one written and the other oral. The oral relay portion of the Super Quiz is the only part of the actual testing that is open to the public, and it is inevitably one of the most memorable and exciting parts of the Academic Decathlon competition.

The ten-event academic program strives to foster a greater respect for knowledge, to promote wholesome inter-school academic competition, and to further develop student communication skills. A unique aspect of the Academic Decathlon is that it is designed to include students from all academic abilities and achievement levels. Each nine-member team consists of three “A” (Honor division), three “B” (Scholastic division), and three “C or below” (Varsity division) students. Each team member competes in all ten events against other students in their individual divisions. However, team scores are calculated using the top two individual scores from each division to arrive at an overall team score.

Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded for individual events and total scores. Overall individual winners are recognized as are champion teams. The broad base of awards allows for major recognition of academic accomplishment. Teams advance through local, regional and state levels of competition. The local champions will travel to Los Angeles to compete in the state competition. The state champions compete at the national finals.

Interested in learning more about the California Academic Decathlon, or want to learn how to become a sponsor or volunteer? Please visit: www.usad.org and/or www.academicdecathlon.org or call: USAD at 866.511.8723