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YUHSD seeking Academic Decathlon judges for district scrimmage

The annual Yuma Union High School District Academic Decathlon Scrimmage is seeking judges for multiple portions of the event. 

The scrimmage, which will help students prepare for Arizona’s regional competitions in 2020, takes part over two days (Dec. 6-7) at Cibola High School and incorporates 10 categories of competition. Approximately 80 volunteers are needed.

Community members who are available to help judge essays, speeches or interviews please contact, please fill out the following form:

According to Arizona’s Academic Decathlon website, the Academic Decathlon program was started in California in 1968 by the Orange County Academic Decathlon Association, in cooperation with the Orange County Superintendent of School’s office. The Arizona Academic Decathlon Association (AADA) was formed in 1985 from the Pima County Academic Decathlon Association, which was started the previous year by the Pima County School Superintendent. Arizona held its first statewide competition in 1985.

Their mission is to promote, motivate and acknowledge excellence in academic efforts and educational achievement through a program of academic competitions for high school students of all scholastic achievement levels. As the name indicates, students compete in ten areas: art, economics, essay, interview, literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, & speech.

In 2019, Cibola’s Academic Decathlon team placed 10th in the state, the highest finish by any YUHSD school in more than a decade. Yuma High and Gila Ridge also competed at state with Yuma High medaling in the interview category.

In addition to hosting the district scrimmage, Cibola will also host the regional competition in 2020.

Eric Patten