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  • Madera County Academic Decathlon Lecture Day Moved Online!


    The 14th Annual Academic Decathlon Lecture Day for high school students had a new twist this year and all lectures were held online as part of a lecture series the week of October 26-30, 2020.

    More than 1,400 Academic Decathletes from throughout California received information on this year’s Decathlon topic “The Cold War.” Lectures were held from 3:00-3:45 p.m. daily, with a question and answer session from 3:45-4:15 p.m.

    “We were excited to offer this event to all decathletes again this year,” said Dr. Cecilia Massetti, Madera County Superintendent of Schools. “We actually saw a rise in participation this year.  Schools outside of the area had the ability to attend virtually saving on transportation costs and travel time. We had students from as far as Orange County registered. We did miss the opportunity to chat with the students in person and serve them pizza for lunch”

    Decathletes viewed five sessions delivered by Valley experts. Sessions included: History of the Cold War, presented by James Sargent, Director, Madera County Superintendent of Schools; Art During the Cold War, presented by Susana Sosa, Fresno City College professor; Literature, Cat’s Cradle, presented by Art Davis, retired educator; Music during the Cold War, presented by Dr. Dieter Wulfhorst, retired professor; and Speech, presented by Dr. Brad Millar, Madera Community College professor.

    “We are grateful to all of the speakers who generously shared their knowledge, expertise, and time with our students,” said Massetti.

    Recordings of the lectures are still available to schools that wish to purchase them. Coaches can click on the PayPal link above or contact Kristi Winter at Madera County Superintendent of Schools, 559-662-3873, for more information.

    Academic Decathlon students are studying the art, economics, language and literature, math, music, science, and social science of the Cold War. Testing will take place on February 6, 2021. The speech, interview and essay competitions will be held a couple of weeks before testing. This year Madera County has eight schools participating.

    The event is sponsored by Madera County Schools Foundation and Madera County Superintendent of Schools.