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Area Students Prepare For Academic Decathlon

MADERA – More than 500 Academic Decathletes from throughout California attended the seventh annual Madera County Office of Education Academic Decathlon Lecture on Oct. 24.

Students attended sessions on economics, literature, music, science, social science, and speech to help them prepare for this year’s Academic Decathlon.

The 2014 Decathlon topic is World War I. Students from Riverside to Tuolumne Counties attended the lectures, including Chawanakee Academy and Yosemite High School.

“This event is a great opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge of the rigorous subject matter in preparation for the Academic Decathlon in February,” said Cyndy Dolph, Associate Superintendent, Madera County Office of Education.

Each decathlete attended four of the six sessions throughout the day. Each session lasted 50 minutes. Decathletes were allowed to choose what topics they most wanted to study.

“We had a record number of students attend this year,” said Dolph. “This demonstrates the students’ commitment to preparing for the Decathlon.”

Sessions included: Macroeconomics, presented by Dr. Gil Kim, Fresno State professor; The Sun Also Rises, presented by Dr. Bruce Boeckel, Fresno Pacific University, Division of Humanities chair; Early 20th Century Music, presented by Dr. Dieter Wulfhorst, Fresno Pacific University professor; Genetics, presented by Dr. Fred Schreiber, Fresno State University professor; World War I, presented by Mr. David Richardson, Madera Center professor; and Speech, presented by Dr. Brad Millar, Madera Center professor.

The World War I Lecture was held from 10 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. at Movies Madera, which was donated for the event by owner Bob Gran.

The event is sponsored by Madera County Office of Education and Madera County Schools Foundation.

The Academic Decathlon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

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