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YUHSD in need of Academic Decathlon judges and volunteers for Regional Competition

Cibola High School is hosting the 2020 Academic Decathlon Region III competition Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2020. Judges are needed for multiple portions of the event.

Community members who are available to help judge essays, speeches or interviews please contact, please fill out the following form: http://bit.ly/AcaDecRegionals

Teachers may receive up to six hours of re-certification from the Arizona Decathlon Association, for their participation. Friday judges should expect to be at Cibola from 3:45 to 8 p.m. Judges are needed for Essay, Speech, and Interview competitions.

Saturday test proctors should expect to be at from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., while Saturday Super Quiz proctors are needed from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Winners in the regional competition advance to the state-level competition, which takes place in March.

The United States Academic Decathlon’s curriculum is an interdisciplinary curriculum in which a selected theme is integrated across six different subject areas: art, economics, literature, music, science, and social science.  Students also study mathematics and participate in essay-writing, speech and interview events. The 2019-2020 Curriculum Theme is “In Sickness and in Health; An Exploration of Illness and Wellness.”

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.

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org