The San Diego County Office of Education is seeking adult volunteers to help with the San Diego County Academic Decathlon on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Olympian High School in Chula Vista. The Academic Decathlon enables academically oriented students to enjoy the same sense of competition as athletes.
The decathlon’s San Diego Region includes high schools from Sweetwater High School District, San Diego Unified School District, Fallbrook High, and two private schools, St. Augustine and Academy of Our Lady of Peace.
Nicole Shina, San Diego County’s Academic Decathlon coordinator says, “This year we anticipate nearly 130 high school students will compete in this regional competition.”
The decathlon, created by Robert Peterson in Orange County in 1968, is a competitive event modeled after the Olympics to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of mind.” The competition provides students the chance to join in an educational forum, which fosters respect for knowledge, cooperation and self-esteem.
The Academic Decathlon is San Diego County’s longest-running academic competition. Both team and individual awards are given in 10 events: seven written tests in music, art, language and literature, mathematics, economics, and science; and Super Quiz (Social Science); and three communications tests—an interview, an essay, and prepared and impromptu speeches. The final Decathlon event is the Super Quiz, a College-Bowl-type competition.
Volunteers are needed for proctoring written tests and judging the students speeches. No previous experience necessary. Volunteers need only be objective. A thorough explanation of volunteer duties and written guidelines will be provided at the orientation session prior to the start of the competition.
If interested in volunteering, telephone Nicole Shina at 858-292-3850 or sign up online at www.sdcoe.net/ad.