Madera County Academic Decathlon

  • Madera South students with their awards

    Madera South High School Wins the 2020 Decathlon!

    Seven schools competed on Saturday, February 1 in this 10-event competition answering questions on the topic “In Sickness and In Health: A History of Illness and Wellness.” Participating schools included: Chawanakee Academy, Chowchilla Union High School, Glacier High Charter School, Liberty High School, Madera High School, Madera South High School and Yosemite High School. Madera High School came in second place with Chowchilla Union High School placing third. Madera South will advance to the state competition March 27-29 with a score of 30,812.30 to compete against the best teams in the state.

    A total of 116 medals were handed out at the awards ceremony. Chawanakee Academy Charter received a total of 9 medals: 4 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze. Chowchilla Union High received 12 medals: 2 silver and 10 bronze. Glacier High Charter received 7 medals: 5 silver and 2 bronze. Liberty High was awarded 21 medals: 7 gold, 5 silver and 9 bronze. Madera High received 19 medals: 6 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze. Madera South High received 31 medals: 7 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze. Yosemite High was awarded 17medals: 6 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze.

    Abril Chavez, a senior from Madera South High School was the top scoring decathlete this year, scoring 6,213.6 points out of 10,000 across the 10 events.

    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 also write essays, deliver prepared and impromptu speeches, and participate in interviews. This year’s required novel for the literature test was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
    Decathlon teams are comprised of up to 25 members competing in three levels of competition: Honor (A), Scholastic (B) and Varsity (C) students. During the Super Quiz, there are three rounds of competition with groups of three students answering question in front of a live audience. Students are allowed to discuss the question and answers before making their individual selections.

    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.

    The Madera County Academic Decathlon is funded by donations from local businesses and community members. The Madera County Schools Foundation proudly supports the event.