Marathon Takes First at State Decathlon

By: Carrie Hutton
By: Carrie Hutton

A group of nine students competed in last week's Wisconsin Academic Decathlon in Madison and took home trophies and a first place finish in their division.

Marathon City had the highest team score in the speech category, beating out even Division 1 and 2 teams.

The Decathlon requires teams to be a mix of A, B and C students. Since August, the group had been studying a range of extra material from arts and literature to economics and math.

Coaches say it really helps prepare the students for college level course work. Extended Web Coverage

United States Academic Decathlon

  • Dr. Robert Peterson, former Superintendent of Schools in Orange County, California, first created the Academic Decathlon.

  • The United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) was founded in 1981.

  • The Academic Decathlon is a 10-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students.

  • Students are tested in 10 categories:
    • Art
    • Economics
    • Essay
    • Interview
    • Language and Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Science
    • Social Science
    • Speech.

  • Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 "A" or Honor students, 3 "B" or Scholastic students, and 3 "C" or Varsity students.

  • Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for individual events and total scores.

  • Winning teams advance through the local, regional, and state levels of competition. The state champions compete at the national finals.

  • Based on the model of the athletic decathlon, the Academic Decathlon requires participants to prepare for 10 academic events.

  • Like the athletic contest, the Academic Decathlon does not permit participants to specialize but rather the Academic Decathlon encourages academic versatility by requiring students to prepare for all 10 events.

Source: http://www.usad/org (The United States Academic Decathlon Web site) contributed to this report