Technology and Humanity is the theme of the 2024 Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon. Stanislaus County high school students are pulling out all the stops as they head into the home stretch of preparations. The Academic Decathlon is hailed as the most significant academic event for local high schools and consists of a series of tests, speeches, and interviews. The Super Quiz and Awards Presentation will be held in person on Saturday, February 3, from 1:15-5:00 p.m. at Johansen High School gymnasium (641 Norseman Drive, Modesto).
Co-sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE), E. & J. Gallo Winery, and Mocse Credit Union, the decathlon promotes interschool academic competitions. “The goal of the decathlon is to stimulate intellectual growth and scholastic success,” said SCOE Student Events Program Manager Cheryl Goulart. “The competition is open to all students, not just the top achievers. Our objective is to recognize student achievement and to emphasize education’s positive dimensions.”
Participating schools send nine members to serve as the core team – up to three students in each of three categories, based on grade point averages. Schools may send as many alternate participants as they choose.
Ten local high schools are participating in this year’s event, including Beyer, Central Catholic, Ceres, Enochs, Gregori, Hughson, Johansen, Modesto, Oakdale, and Patterson. This year’s winner will represent Stanislaus County at the California Academic Decathlon State Finals, to be held in March.