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Academic Decathlon 

February 3, 2018

        Mark your calendars for Friday, January 26 and Saturday, February 3, 2018 for the 36th Annual Academic Decathlon. 

        High schools from throughout Madera County will study Africa

        The Academic Decathlon is a high school competition challenging students in 10 areas of study.  Seven of the events are written tests: Art, Economics, Math, Music, Language and Literature, Science and Social Science.  Students will also write essays, deliver prepared and impromptu speeches, and participate in interviews.  Students will demonstrate their knowledge of Africa throughout the day.

        On February 3 the Super Quiz event starts at 3:00 p.m. and is open to the public.  A reception will immediately follow the Super Quiz.  The Awards Ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m.  The Decathlon will be held at Madera South High School.

        This year’s required novel for the literature test is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.  Students will also have a chance to deliver a prepared speech on the topic of their choice and an impromptu speech from a list of topics. 

        In addition, on January 26, students will go through a mock interview before a panel of judges and participate in the essay competition at Madera County Superintendent of Schools.

        For more information, please call Kristi Winter, Coordinator, Student Events, at (559) 662-3873 or e-mail  

        The California Academic Decathlon website provides updates and general information on the program and can be found at