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13 compete in Academic Decathlon for ‘13

13 compete in Academic Decathlon for ‘13

The Tulare County Office of Education will host the 2013 Tulare County Academic Decathlon, a 10-event, scholastic competition for teams of high school students on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Harmony Magnet Academy in Strathmore and Woodlake High School are among 13 teams of Tulare County students who will compete in two school categories – large school and small school – for the chance to advance to the state competition. The teams represent the following schools:

Four ‘at large” teams made up of students from Harmony Magnet, Monache and El Diamante will also participate simply for practice. These teams cannot advance to the state level. The scores of students on the ‘at large’ teams will not be added to their respective high school team scores.

Each team has six to nine members contending in 10 grueling events. The teams are made up of equal numbers (either two or three students) from the following grade point groups: Varsity (0-2.99 GPA), Scholastic (3-3.74 GPA) and Honors (3.75-4 GPA).

Team members test their knowledge of subjects including economics, social science, mathematics, music, art, language and literature, and science. In addition, the contestants present prepared and impromptu speeches, written essays on given topics and undergo interviews by a panel of judges.

The academic relay known as the oral “Super Quiz” is the final competitive event. This year’s Super Quiz topic is “Russia.” The Super Quiz round of competition takes place on February 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Porterville College gymnasium, and is open to the public. The awards ceremony will begin immediately following the Super Quiz at approximately 3:30 p.m.

“Academic Decathlon is a very competitive event with some strong rivalries among our schools.  I particularly enjoy the level of friendly competition and excitement that always surrounds the Super Quiz finale,” says Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak.

For more information about the Academic Decathlon, contact Dr. Glenn Williams at (559) 651-3047.

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