Academic Decathlon Lecture Day

  • State Decathletes Visit Madera for Lecture Day!
    Madera County's Academic Decathletes joined students from throughout California for the Madera County Academic Decathlon Lecture Day on Thursday, October 25.  Valley experts lectured on six subject areas to more than 500 students from throughout the state. 

    “For 12 years we have been able to bring this wonderful event to Madera,” said Dr. Cecilia Massetti, Madera County Superintendent of Schools.  “We are excited to offer this event to all decathletes each year!”

    Decathletes were invited to attend four of six sessions throughout the day.  Sessions included: Art of the 1960s, presented by Susana Sosa, Fresno City College professor; Literature, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, presented by Art Davis, retired educator; Music of the 1960s, presented by Dr. Dieter Wulfhorst, professor and musician; History of the 1960s, presented by Jim Sargent, Madera County Superintendent of Schools Director; Laser Technology, presented by Dr. Matthew Briggs, UC Merced professor and Dr. Jay Sharping, UC Merced professor; and Speech, presented by Dr. Brad Millar, Madera Center professor.

    “We are grateful to the local experts and professors who generously shared their knowledge and expertise with our students to help them prepare for the Academic Decathlon,” said Massetti.

    Each session was geared toward the topics and areas of study for the 2019 Academic Decathlon: The 1960s: A Transformational Decade. 

    The lectures were held from 10:00 a.m.-2:40 p.m. at Movies Madera.  Each speaker lectured in a theater and students moved about the different theaters. 

    Owner Bob Gran donated the theater and staff for the event.  The event is sponsored by Madera County Schools Foundation and Madera County Superintendent of Schools.

    Check back soon for more details on the October 2019 event!

    Educators will present information, tips, and helpful hints in Decathlon subject areas!
    Contact Kristi Winter at 662-3873 or Andrea Durkin at 662-3878 for more information.