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Academic Decathlon Scrimmage urgently seeking judges

The annual Yuma Union High School District Academic Decathlon Scrimmage is seeking judges for multiple portions of the event.  

The scrimmage, which will help students prepare for Arizona’s regional competitions in 2019, takes part over three days (Nov. 26 and Dec. 7-8) at Kofa High School. All judges will be served a complimentary dinner prepared by the culinary arts program in Kofa’s hospitality room.

“It will be a great event,” KHS Assistant Principal Nidhi Sharma said. “And we want to make sure we represent our district well by putting on the best scrimmage yet.”

Community members who are available to help judge essays, speeches or interviews please contact, please send an email to KHS teacher Thomas Duggan at if you're willing to volunteer.

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.

Eric Patten