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Academic Decathlon 


New Alternatives in Energy
February 7, 2015

        Mark your calendars for Friday, January 30 and Saturday, February 7, 2015 for the 33rd Annual Academic Decathlon. 

        Six schools from throughout Madera County will study New Alternatives in Energy: Ingenuity and Innovation

        Participating schools include:  Chawanakee Academy, Chowchilla High School, Liberty High School, Madera High School, Madera South High School and Yosemite High School.  

        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 on the New Alternatives in Energy throughout the day.

        The Super Quiz event starts at 2:00 p.m. and is open to the public.  A reception will immediately follow the Super Quiz.  The Awards Ceremony will begin at 3:45 p.m.  The Decathlon will be held at Madera South High School.

        This year’s required novel for the literature test is The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.  It is the story of a year in Virginia's Roanoke Valley.

        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, students will go through a mock interview before a panel of judges.

        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