Madera County Academic Decathlon

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    Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 3, 2024 for the 42nd Annual Academic Decathlon. Eight schools from throughout Madera County will study the topic "Technology and Humanity."  The essay test will be held at each school on Thursday, January 18 and objective testing will be held on Friday, January 26 at the office of Madera County Superintendent of Schools.  The interview, speech and Super Quiz events will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Madera South High School.

    Participating schools include: Chawanakee Academy, Chowchilla High School, Glacier High Charter School, Liberty High School, Madera High School, Madera South High School, Matilda Torres 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 multiple-choice tests: art, economics, math, music, language and literature, science and social science.  This year’s required novel for the literature test is The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin.  Students will also write an essay online prior to the event.  Students will 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.

    The Super Quiz will begin at 11:45 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:45 p.m. on February 3, 2024.  The awards ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.  Parents, school administration, and community members are invited to attend.

    The California Academic Decathlon website provides updates and general information on the program and can be found at
    For more information, please contact Kristi Winter, Coordinator, Student Events at (559) 662-3873.