40th Annual Regional Academic Decathlon CompetitionFebruary 2, 2019
On February 2, 2019, at Columbia College, seventy-five students from five high schools will compete in the 40th Annual Regional Academic Decathlon Competition. Participating high schools include Bret Harte High School from Angels Camp, Mariposa High School from Mariposa, Mountain Oaks School from San Andreas, Summerville High School from Tuolumne, and Tioga High School from Groveland.
A new theme of study is established every year with topics that are relevant, current and challenging. This year’s curricular theme is The 1960s: A Transformational Decade. Students will compose an essay based on a prompt whose central theme incorporates information relating to the current curriculum. Students will also perform a prepared speech and impromptu speech and participate in an interview before a panel of community volunteer judges. The Academic Decathlon emphasizes the personal and academic growth of each student who, by meeting the challenges with honesty and integrity, can reap the rewards of greater self-knowledge and self-confidence for the future.
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 Sacramento to compete in the state competition in March, 2019. The state champions will then go on to compete at the national finals in April, 2019 in Bloomington, Minnesota.