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Judges needed for 2021 Academic Decathlon scrimmage

AcaDec Judges FlyerYuma Union High School District is seeking volunteer judges for multiple competitions at its annual Academic Decathlon Scrimmage.

The scrimmage, which will help students prepare for Arizona’s regional competitions in February 2022, takes part over three days (Nov. 16 and Nov. 19-20) at Gila Ridge High School. 

The theme for this year’s competition is “Water: A Most Essential Resource.” 

Community members who are available to help judge essays, speeches or interviews please contact, please complete the following form: After filling out the form, a representative from Gila Ridge will contact you with instructions specific to your competition.  

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.

Over the past three years, YUHSD schools have fared well at the state level with Cibola High School twice finishing in the top 13 and several students from Cibola, Gila Ridge, and Yuma High taking home individual prizes.

Eric Patten