Honors Academic DecathlonAt Williams Field High School Academic Decathlon is a club on campus. For the 2018-2019 school year the club meets every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 2:30-3:30 in room 128. Any additional questions or inquiries can be made to Ms. Gossler directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)17/18 Individual Accomplishments:Brandon Rae - Gold Medal Scholastic for Mathematics and Bronze Medals Scholastic for Economics and Music at RegionalsTeam Accomplishment: Qualified for State Competition16/17 - Individual Accomplishments:Trey Leveque - Gold Medal for Overall Top Interview Score in the State at State Competition - Highest score out of over 300 competitorsBrandon Rae - Bronze Medal Scholastic for Literature at RegionalsTeam Accoplishment: Qualified for State Competition15/16 - Individual Accomplishments:Allison Thatcher - Silver Medal Scholastic for Interivew at RegionalsIan Lee - Silver Medal Varsity for Speech at Regionals
Toan Do - Bronze Medal Honors for Speech at Regionals
Team Accomplishments: Qualified for State Competition
14/15 - Individual Accomplishments:Alisha Prickett - Gold Medal Varsity for Essay at RegionalsTeam Accomplishments: Rookie of the Year Region 4 & Qualified for State Competition
What is Academic Decathlon?
Academic Decathlon is a class that competes at the local, state, and national level. Each year a topic is chosen for students to study. The subject for the 2018-2019 school year is The 1960's.
What does a team look like?
The team is comprised of 9 competition members. The club/class consists of more students who will help the competitors in learning the information as well as give feedback on interviews and speeches. Anyone who signs up for the club/class is eligible to compete. Scrimmage scores and other information is taken into account when creating a team.
Who is eligible?
Any student is eligible if they are taking a full schedule (4 or more classes). The 9 competitors are broken down into 3 groups based on GPA:
• Honors: 3.750-4.000
• Scholastic: 3.00-3.749
• Varsity: 0.00-2.999
How do students join?
Students join by speaking with Ms. Gossler, attend club meetings every Tuesday and Thursday after school, and register for the class next year during registration which takes place in January and February.
Why should students join Academic Decathlon?
Competitors have the opportunity to win individual awards and scholarships towards their college careers. Academic Decathlon is also a great resume builder for applications and provides real world experience in an interview situation. Students are also exposed to a wider range of topics and information than is often experienced in a regular high school class.
What subjects will students learn?
Students focus on one topic but learn 7 different subjects relating to that one topic. Those 7 different subjects are:
• Social Studies
What does competition look like?
Competition is comprised of four different scored events focused on the topic. Those four events are:
Written prior to the competition in a 50 minutes based on a given prompt
• SpeechPrepared Speech
4 minute speech on any topic of the students choice
2 minute speech on a topic chosen at random during the competition
• Academic TestsStudents will take 7 tests based off various areas of study
Students can also win medals for top scores on each individual test
• SuperQuiz Relay (not officially scored)Each level of competitors as a group answers 10-12 questions
How do teams advance?
Teams compete in scrimmages to get an idea of how competition works and to set their official 9-person competition roster. Then teams compete in regional competitions where the top teams (depending on size and score) move onto state competition. The top 2 teams (depending on size and score) move onto national competition.
When are competitions?
Competition dates change every year but all competitions are held over two days, Friday's and Saturday's. Here are the typical dates of competitions.
• All Team Scrimmage at Hamilton: November 16 and 17
• 12-Person Team Scrimmage at Williams Field: January 18 and 19
• Regionals at TBD: February 1 and 2
• State at TBD: March 8 and 9
• Nationals: end of April
Where are competitions?
Different levels of competitions are held at different locations:
• Regional competitions are held at high schools in the area
• State competitions are held at a more central location around the valley
• National competitions are held in different states every year: 2019: Bloomington, Minnesota - April 25-27, 2019