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Academic Decathlon 

World War II
February 4, 2017

        Mark your calendars for Friday, January 27 and Saturday, February 4, 2017 for the 35th Annual Academic Decathlon. 

        High schools from throughout Madera County will study World War II

        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 World War II throughout the day.

        On February 4 the Super Quiz event starts at 2:45 p.m. and is open to the public.  A reception will immediately follow the Super Quiz.  The Awards Ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m.  The Decathlon will be held at Madera South High School.

        This year’s required novel for the literature test is Transit by Anna Seghers.  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 27, students will go through a mock interview before a panel of judges and participate in the essay competition at Madera County Office of Education.

        For more information, please call Kristi Winter, Events Developer 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