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Academic Decathlon Tackles The Transformational 1960s

COUNTY — Yosemite High, Chawanakee Academy, and Glacier High Charter School decathletes will join students from throughout California for the Madera County Academic Decathlon Lecture Day on Thursday, Oct. 25. Valley experts will lecture on six subject areas to more than 600 students from throughout the state.

“We are excited to offer this event to all decathletes for the 12th year,” says Dr. Cecilia Massetti, Madera County Superintendent of Schools. “It’s a chance for the students to grow as a team and learn the materials from experts on the various topics.”

Decathletes will be invited to attend four of six sessions throughout the day. Sessions will include: Art of the 1960s, presented by Susana Sosa, Fresno City College professor; Literature, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, presented by Art Davis, retired educator; Music of the 1960s, presented by Dr. Dieter Wulfhorst, retired professor; History of the 1960s, presented by Jim Sargent, Madera County Superintendent of Schools director; Laser Technology, presented by Dr. Matthew Briggs, Fresno State professor and Dr. Jay Sharping, UC  Merced professor; and Speech, presented by Dr. Brad Millar, Madera Center professor.

“We are grateful to all of the speakers who generously share their knowledge, expertise, and time with our students,” says Massetti.

Professors will lecture for at least two 50-minute sessions throughout the day.

Each session will be geared toward the topics and areas of study for the 2019 Academic Decathlon. This year’s Decathlon theme is The 1960s: A Transformational Decade. Students are studying the art, economics, language and literature, math, music, science, and social science of the time period.

The lectures will be held from 10 a.m.-2:40 p.m. at Movies Madera. Each speaker will lecture in a theater and students will move about the different theaters.

Owner Bob Gran, once again, is donating the theater and staff for the event. The event is sponsored by Madera County Schools Foundation and Madera County Superintendent of Schools.

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