2018 Alaska State Champions and Division III National Champions!
Academic Decathlon (referred to as "AcDc" at Kayhi) is a multidisciplinary scholastic competition between teams of high school students competing in ten events:
Art — Economics — Essay — Interview — Literature
Mathematics — Music — Science — Social Science — Speech
There is also a SuperQuiz team event that combines questions from all the academic subjects. Groups of three decathletes answer the questions together quickly in a quiz-show format.
Each decathlete participates in every event and has the opportunity to win individual medals for first, second, or third place in their grade category. A full team has nine decathletes, three from each of the U.S. Academic Decathlon's grade categories—Honors (3.75-4.0 GPA), Scholastic (3.0-3.75) and Varsity (0.0-3.0). This ensures every school has a diverse team with varying levels of academic success.
The theme for the 2019-2020 season is "In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness." The curriculum includes the biology of cancer and the history of health care, as well as Western literature, art, and music related to the themes of mortality, illness, and wellness. The decathletes also need to read Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein.
Every year, our team competes in Southeast regional meets in December and January, and then competes at the state tournament in Anchorage in February.
In 2018, Kayhi won the Alaska State championship for the first time. Our team then went on to win the Division III (small schools) USAD national championship and won 25 national medals—8 gold, 6 silver, and 11 bronze.
Please email the address below for more information. Students interested in joining the 2019-2020 team should get in touch as soon as possible!