Academic Decathlon (referred to as "AcDc" at Kayhi) is a multidisciplinary scholastic competition between teams of high school students competing in ten events:
Art — Economics — Essay — Interview — Literature
Mathematics — Music — Science — Social Science — Speech
There is also a SuperQuiz team event that combines questions from six of the subjects which groups of three decathletes must answer quickly together.
Each decathlete participates in every event and has the opportunity to win individual medals for first, second, or third place in their grade category. A full team has nine decathletes, three from each of the U.S. Academic Decathlon's grade categories—Honors (3.75-4.0 GPA), Scholastic (3.0-3.75) and Varsity (0.0-3.0). This ensures every school has a diverse team with varying levels of academic success.
The theme for the 2017-2018 season is Africa. The curriculum will include the biology of infectious diseases, African literature, art, and music, and West African history. The decathletes will also need to read Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart. Our team will have regional meets in December and January, then compete at the state tournament in Anchorage in February.
At the 2017 state tournament, Kayhi won second place overall, losing to ten-time state champions Lathrop High School by little more than a 1% difference in scores. The decathletes won 28 different individual medals (12 gold, 7 silver, and 7 bronze), and they won gold in the Super Quiz, tying Lathrop. No team from Southeast has ever won the state championship, but we will certainly have an amazing chance to do so this coming year!
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