Academic Decathlon Scrimmage urgently seeking judges

YUMA, Ariz. - The annual Yuma Union High School District Academic Decathlon Scrimmage is seeking judges for Friday, December 8.

The scrimmage helps students prepare for Arizona’s regional competitions which take place in February. This week’s scrimmage takes place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Yuma High School.  

“It’s an amazing event and really showcases our students’ academic talents,” Yuma High School assistant principal Gaudelia Castro said. “We need judges for Friday, mostly, but we also need help Saturday morning to help proctor written tests, and assist with the Super Quiz in the afternoon.”

Community members who are available to help judge essays, speeches or interviews please visit the following link: If you cannot complete the form, please contact Melissa Rodrick at (928) 502-5036 or mrodrick@yumaunion.orgto sign up.

All judges will be served a complimentary dinner on Friday.

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.

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