Acton-Boxborough Scores In Top 10 At 2014 National Academic Decathlon
Over 450 students from the United States, the UK and China gathered at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu April 24-26, to compete in the 33rd annual United States Academic Decathlon® National Competition.
A team from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, led by coach Andrew Crick, placed ninth.
The Academic Decathlon® is a 10-event scholastic competition for high school students. There are seven multiple-choice exams including: art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, social science, and science. The Super Quiz™ event includes a relay portion, which is derived from all the subjects listed above, except mathematics. Students also write an essay and are judged in speech and interview.
Academic Decathlon® is designed to include students from all academic ability and achievement levels. Each nine-member team consists of three "A" (Honor division), three "B" (Scholastic division), and three "C or below" (Varsity division) students. Each team member competes in all 10 events against other students in their individual divisions, and team scores are calculated using the top two individual scores from each division.
The curriculum theme for this year was "World War I." April 24 at the Opening Ceremonies, students received a traditional Hawaiian welcome by Halau Hula Na Pualei O Liko Lehua, led by Kumu Leinaala Kalama Heine. Students also received recognition from the Hawaiian House of Representatives for their hard work and achievements with the presentation of a House Certificate from Rep. Mark M. Nakashima.
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