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Volunteers Needed for California Academic Decathlon Competition

Event Takes Place in Sacramento March 13-14, 2010

California Academic Decathlon logo

If you like fast-paced, high-spirited academic competition and want to help dedicated and hard-working teens realize their goals, then the California Academic Decathlon needs you!

The 31st Annual California Academic Decathlon (CAD) will be held in Sacramento March 13–14, 2010. Sixty high school teams, which include some of the top scholars in the state, will compete for the 2010 state title. Organizers need volunteers to officiate and assist with all Decathlon events.

Community members can volunteer as test proctors and guides, speech, interview and essay judges, and Super Quiz proctors. It takes more than 500 volunteers each year to coordinate the State Competition.

"Volunteers often tell me how rewarding it was to help out and be able to work with such gifted students," said CAD Director Ken Scarberry.

Please encourage and support your local academic athletes for their hard work by volunteering one or multiple days of your time at the California Academic Decathlon.

The following schools from the Sacramento region will be participating in the competition:

  • Folsom and Bella Vista High Schools (Sacramento County)
  • Yolo High School (Yolo County)
  • Mountain Oaks (Calaveras County)
  • Granite Bay High School (Placer County)
  • Ponderosa High School (El Dorado County)
  • Lodi High School (San Joaquin County)
  • Vanden High School (Solano County)

The Academic Decathlon is a competitive event that stimulates academic achievement and honors "athletes of the mind." The competition provides students the opportunity to participate in an educational forum, which fosters a deep respect for knowledge, cooperation, and self-esteem.

Like the decathlon of the ancient Greeks, the Academic Decathlon consists of ten exacting and exciting events. The Academic Decathlon includes tests in Art, Music, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Economics, Science, and Social Science. In addition, there are communication tests that include the writing of an essay, the delivery of prepared and impromptu speeches, and an interview.

For questions about the CAD, contact Ken Scarberry: (707) 646-7603.

Folsom High School team photo

Folsom High School's 2010 Academic Decathlon Team

Bella Vista High School team photo

Bella Vista High School's 2010 Academic Decathlon Team