Honors Academic Decathlon

 
 
This year at Williams Field High School Academic Decathlon is a class. For the 2016-2017 school year the class takes place during 6th hour and is taught by Ms. Heather Gossler and Mr. Randy Holt. To join the Edmodo page use the join code ikgzr6 the group name is WFHS Honors Academic Decathlon 2016-2017. To join the Remind 101 page please text 81010 with the message @acdec20162. Any additional questions or inquiries can be made to Ms. Gossler or Mr. Holt directly via email (heather.gossler@husd.org or randy.holt@husd.org)
 
15/16 - Individual Accomplishments:
Allison Thatcher - Silver Medal Scholastic for Interivew
Ian Lee - Silver Medal Varsity for Speech
Toan Do - Bronze Medal Honors for Speech
Team Accomplishments: Qualified for State Competition
 
14/15 - Individual Accomplishments:
Alisha Prickett - Gold Medal Varsity for Essay
Team Accomplishments: Rookie of the Year Region 4
Highest Scoring Rookie Team at Regionals
Qualified for State Competition
                   
What is Academic Decathlon?
Academic Decathlon is a class that competes at the local, state, and national level. Each year a topic is chosen for students to study. The subject for the 2015-2016 school year is India.  
 
What does a team look like?
The team is comprised of 9 competition members. The class consists of more students who will help the competitors in learning the information as well as give feedback on interviews and speeches. Anyone who signs up for the class is eligible to compete. Scrimmage scores and other information is taken into account when creating a team.
 
Who is eligible?
Any student is eligible if they are taking a full schedule (4 or more classes). The 9 competitors are broken down into 3 groups based on GPA:
• Honors: 3.750-4.000
• Scholastic: 3.00-3.749
• Varsity: 0.00-2.999
 
How do students join?
Students join by speaking with Ms. Gossler or Mr. Holt and registering for the class next year during registration.
 
Why should students join Academic Decathlon?
Competitors have the opportunity to win individual awards and scholarships towards their college careers. Academic Decathlon is also a great resume builder for  applications and provides real world experience in an interview situation. Students are also exposed to a wider range of topics and information than is often experienced in a regular high school class.
 
What subjects will students learn?
Students focus on one topic but learn 7 different subjects relating to that one topic. Those 7 different subjects are:
• Art
• Economics
• Literature
• Mathematics
• Music
• Science
• Social Studies

What does competition look like?
Competition is comprised of four different scored events focused on the topic. Those four events are:
• Essay
Written prior to the competition in a 50 minutes based on a given prompt
 
• Speech
 Prepared Speech
 4 minute speech on any topic of the students choice
Impromptu Speech
2 minute speech on a topic chosen at random during the competition
 
• Academic Tests
Students will take 7 tests based off various areas of study
Students can also win medals for top scores on each individual test
 
• SuperQuiz Relay (not officially scored)
Each level of competitors as a group answers 10-12 questions  
 
How do teams advance?
Teams compete in scrimmages to get an idea of how competition works and to set their official 9-person competition roster. Then teams compete in regional competitions where the top teams (depending on size and score) move onto state competition. The top 2 teams (depending on size and score) move onto national competition.
 
When are competitions?
Competition dates change every year but all competitions are held over two days, Friday's and Saturday's. Here are the typical dates of competitions.
•  Speech and Interview Scrimmage at Basha: September 23
• Test Off at Castelle: October 29
• All Team Scrimmage at Hamilton: November 18 and 19
• 12-Person Team Scrimmage at Williams Field: January 13 and 14
• Regionals at TBD: February 3 and 4
• State at TBD: March 10 and 11
• Nationals: end of April
 
Where are competitions?

Different levels of competitions are held at different locations:
• Regional competitions are held at high schools in the area
• State competitions are held at a more central location around the valley
• National competitions are held in different states every year: 2017: Madison, Wisconsin
 
 
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