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Decathletes Participate in Lecture Day In Madera

MADERA COUNTY – Yosemite High and Chawanakee Academy decathletes will join students from throughout California for the Madera County Academic Decathlon Lecture Day on Thursday, Oct. 29. Valley experts will lecture on six subject areas to more than 500 students from throughout the state.

“We welcome Decathletes to Madera for the ninth annual Lecture Day,” said Dianna Marsh, Assistant Superintendent, Madera County Office of Education. “We are happy to be able to offer this event to students as they begin their Academic Decathlon journey for the 2015-16 school year!”

Decathletes will be invited to attend four of six sessions throughout the day. Sessions will include: Art of India, presented by Susana Sosa, Fresno City College professor; Literature, Nectar in a Sieve, presented by Art Davis, Madera County Office of Education director; Music of India, presented by Dr. Jayson Beaster-Jones, UC Merced professor; History of Modern India, presented by David Richardson, Madera Center professor; Ecology, taught by Dr. Stephen Hart, UC Merced professor; and Speech, presented by Dr. Brad Millar, Madera Center professor.

“We appreciate local professors and experts who readily share their knowledge and insight to prepare and motivate students for this year’s competition,” said Marsh.

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 2015 Academic Decathlon. This year’s Decathlon theme is India. Students will take tests in art, economics, language and literature, math, music, science and social science.

The lecture will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. at Movies Madera. Each speaker will lecture in a theater and students will move about the different theaters.

Owner Bob Gran donated the theater and staff for the event. The event is sponsored by Madera County Schools Foundation and Madera County Office of Education.

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