MADERA COUNTY – The United States Academic Decathlon has announced the 2014-2015 Academic Decathlon theme is New Alternatives in Energy: Ingenuity and Innovation.
This year’s Super Quiz topic will include questions based on six subject areas including art, economics, literature, music, science and social science.
The Madera County Academic Decathlon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 with the essay and interview competitions held on Friday, Jan. 30. The six participating high schools are Chawanakee Academy, Yosemite High, Chowchilla High, Liberty High, Madera High, and Madera South High. Team members will be announced in December.
Local foothill schools have a history of winning the county-wide competition. In February 2014, Yosemite High School won the county Academic Decathlon for the 21st consecutive year. Chawanakee Academy took second, while Chowchilla Union came in third.
For the 2014-15 academic year, ACADEC participating students will take tests in the areas of art, economics, essay, language and literature, math, music, science, and social science. The young scholars will also participate in speech and interview events.
As part of the literature test, participants will read the book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.
According to the Madera County Office of Education, many of the changes to ACADEC implemented in 2014 will continue during the 2015 Decathlon. Teams will be comprised of up to 25 students and awards will be handed out based on divisions including Honor, Scholastic, and Varsity.
Students will also be using hand-held devices to take the Super Quiz and all subjective tests. The devices will replace scantrons.