Posted January 20, 2023
Weathering late-night study sessions, team practices, and hours of reading, Stanislaus County high school students are pulling out all the stops as they head into the home stretch of preparations for the 2023 Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon. Hailed as the biggest academic event for local high schools, the decathlon is a series of tests, speeches and interviews featuring this year’s theme, “The American Revolution and the New Nation.” The Super Quiz and Awards Presentation will be held in person on Saturday, February 4th 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 competition in academics. “The goal of the decathlon is to stimulate intellectual growth and scholastic success,” said SCOE Student Events 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 the positive dimensions of education.”
Participating schools send a total of 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, Davis, Enochs, 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.