WHAT IS ACADEMIC DECATHLON?
The United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) is an association of state programs dedicated to recognizing and rewarding academic achievement and excellence in high school students. Academic Decathlon mirrors the Olympic decathlon event where athletes compete against one another in ten track and field events. However, rather than testing physical prowess, academic decathletes test their scholastic abilities as they compete against students from other schools to demonstrate excellence in ten categories: art, economics, essay writing, interview, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, speech, and Super Quiz (Social Science). USAD competitions span local, state, and national levels. Team and individual winners earn gold, silver, and bronze medals to recognize their accomplishments. Moreover, in addition to the educational opportunities and intellectual experiences gained through participation, many competitors earn substantial scholarships and support for their future college endeavors.
ACADEC at SECA
In preparation for the competition events, SECA students have begun their study of the ten scholastic areas through the subject of RUSSIA!!!!. They have completed reading Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak and are delving into Russian art and music. SECA students will also be studying math, economics, and social studies and practicing their interview, essay-writing, and speech skills. Super Quiz will concentrate on multiple subjects this year including science, math, language and literature and YES social studies.
To support our academic decathletes, the SECA team will be participating in the Sacramento County AcaDec Lecture series in Sacramento State. Our team will also have the chance to go head-to-head against other school teams in the SJCOE Scrimmage. These events offer many levels of insight into both the content and the competition so that SECA students can be as prepared as possible to do their best.
If you walk into SECA’s AcaDec class, you will hear music, see art, experience the explosion of knowledge derived from multiple subject areas, and feel the excitement of shared learning.
SJ County Scrimmage
AcaDec Bootcamp (please note: this is the last week of Winter Break)
Competition for Starters
Competition for Starters and...more
Congratulations to the 2015 Academic Decathlon team, Ms. Kelly, and Mrs. Bear for a job well done!
- Super Quiz: Division I- 3rd Place
- Class Level- 3rd Place
- Top Overall Team Division I- 3rd Place
- Super Quiz: Division II- 1st Place
- Top Overall Team Division II- 1st Place
Here are our top individual performers:
Art (DI) Emerald Frank Scholastic- 2nd Place Art (DI) Kansas Seung Scholastic- 3rd Place Art (DI) Angelica Chavez Varsity- 2nd Place Art (DI) Alexandria Gilligan Varsity- 2nd Place Art (DII) Casey Kwok Varsity: 1st place Art (DII) Marcel Rodriguez Varsity: 1st Place Economics (DI) Andrew Yan Scholastic: 1st place Economics (DI) Emerald Frank Scholastic: 3rd place Economics (DI) Alexandria Gilligan Varsity: 1st place Economics (DII) Robert Torrefranca Varsity: 1st place Literature (DI) Daniela Caluza Honors: 3rd place Literature (DI) Kansas Seung Scholastic: 3rd place Literature (DI) Java Villano Honors: 2nd Place Math (DI) Java Villano Honors: 3rd place Math (DI) Emerald Frank Scholastic: 1st place Math (DI) Kansas Seung Scholastic: 3rd place Math (DI) Andrew Yan Scholastic: 3rd place Math (DII) Robert Torrefranca Varsity: 1st place Music (DII) Luis Garibay Varsity: 1st Place Science (DI) Kansas Seung Scholastic: 1st place Science (DI) Andrew Yan Scholastic: 2nd Place Science (DII) Robert Torrefranca Varsity: 1st Place Social Science (DI) Emerald Frank Scholastic: 1st place Interview (DII) Robert Torrefranca Varsity: 1st Place Essay (DI) Daniela Caluza Honors: 1st Place Essay (DI) Java Villano Honors: 2nd Place Essay (DI) Kansas Seung Scholastic: 1st Place Speech (DI) Emerald Frank Scholastic: 2nd Place Speech (DI) Alexandria Gilligan Varsity: 3rd Place Top Overall Students (DI) Emerald Frank Scholastic: 1st Place Top Overall Students (DI) Kansas Seung Scholastic: 3rd Place Top Overall Students (DI) Alexandria Gilligan Varsity: 3rd Place Top Overall Students (DII) Robert Torrefranca Varsity: 1st Place
SENIOR RECEIVED SCHOLARSHIP AS PART OF ACADEC PARTICIPATION.
Congratulations to Class of 2014 Seniors Thuy Tran and Eldwin Li. These two students received $5,000 scholarship from the University of Pacific (every year for 4 years!!) as part of their participation in the San Joaquin County Academic Decathlon Competition! Great job guys!"