Madera County Academic Decathlon

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    Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 6, 2021 for the 39th Annual Academic Decathlon. Eight schools from throughout Madera County will study The Cold War. This year we are going virtual! Speech and interview events will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021.

    Participating schools include: Chawanakee Academy, Chowchilla High School, Glacier High Charter School, Liberty High School, Madera High School, Madera South High School, Yosemite High School, and our newest county high school, Matilda Torres High School.

    The Academic Decathlon is a high school competition challenging students in 10 areas of study. Seven of the events are online multiple-choice 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 virtually. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the Cold War throughout the day. This year’s required novel for the literature test is Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

    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 starts at 2:30 p.m. on February 6.  Parents, school administration, and community members will be able to watch the Super Quiz online.  Students will report to their individual school site to participate in the Decathlon.

    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.