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Kofa hosts essay graders for 2018 YUHSD Academic Decathlon Scrimmage

On Monday, Nov. 26, Kofa High School hosted judges for volunteer essay graders for the 2018 Yuma Union High School District Academic Decathlon Scrimmage.

A total of 16 judges evaluated essays submitted by district students, and were then fed a 3-course meal in Kofa’s new hospitality room. Both food and service was provided by Kofa students. Tom Duggan, the KHS Academic Decathlon Adviser, gave a brief orientation to all essay graders prior to the event. In the end, all judges were given a 'Certificate of Appreciation' for volunteering their time to make a difference to the young aspirants of the community.

"It was a very well organized setting which made everything look and feel easy,” said Laura Corr, one of the essay graders.

Kofa will host two more events in the regional scrimmage on Dec. 7-8. KHS AcaDec Judges

According to Arizona’s Academic Decathlon website, the Academic Decathlon program was started in California in 1968 by the Orange County Academic Decathlon Association, in cooperation with the Orange County Superintendent of School’s office. The Arizona Academic Decathlon Association (AADA) was formed in 1985 from the Pima County Academic Decathlon Association, which was started the previous year by the Pima County School Superintendent. Arizona held its first statewide competition in 1985.

Their mission is to promote, motivate and acknowledge excellence in academic efforts and educational achievement through a program of academic competitions for high school students of all scholastic achievement levels. As the name indicates, students compete in ten areas: art, economics, essay, interview, literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, & speech.

Kofa High School would like to thank the following people for volunteering their time: Dr. Daniel Corr, Laura Corr, Lucky Arvizo, Bibi Frazine, Amanda Coltman, Michelle Garlit, Jayden Gubbels, Kaisa Tabor, Beth Osowski, Lauran Enquist, Tawneel Cook, Tiffany Ruby, Carolina Rodriguez, Olga Galdamez and Randy Kirkevold.