• Honors Academic Decathlon

    Academic Decathlon is a nationally recognized program in which students are given a different theme for which learn the art, economics, literature, mathematics, music, science, and social science for that theme. Students are also responsible for creating a prepared speech, impromptu speech, and a resume for their interview process. The program allows students the opportunity to deeply learn one topic every year and improve their test taking, speaking, and interview skills which will help them throughout their young adult life. Academic Decathlon meets every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 128.
    17/18 Individual Accomplishments:
    Brandon Rae - Gold Medal Scholastic for Mathematics and Bronze Medals Scholastic for Economics and Music at Regionals
    Team Accomplishment: Qualified for State Competition 
    16/17 - Individual Accomplishments:
    Trey Leveque - Gold Medal for Overall Top Interview Score in the State at State Competition - Highest score out of over 300 competitors
    Brandon Rae - Bronze Medal Scholastic for Literature at Regionals
    Team Accomplishment: Qualified for State Competition
    15/16 - Individual Accomplishments:
    Allison Thatcher - Silver Medal Scholastic for Interivew at Regionals
    Ian 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 Regionals
    Team 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:
    • Art
    • Economics
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Science
    • Social Studies

    What does competition look like?
    Competition is comprised of four different scored events focused on the topic. Those four events are:
    • Essay
    Written prior to the competition in a 50 minutes based on a given prompt
    • Speech
     Prepared Speech
     4 minute speech on any topic of the students choice
    Impromptu Speech
    2 minute speech on a topic chosen at random during the competition
    Academic Tests
    Students 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