The Alaska Academic Decathlon is a statewide all-academic competition for high school students. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation staffed by volunteers. The Alaska Academic Decathlon’s mission is to promote and reward academic achievement for high school students by emphasizing the value of academic excellence and personal self-worth for every participant, and to foster fair and challenging local and state team competitions.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
The Alaska Academic Decathlon sponsors an annual High School competition where students from across Alaska come to Anchorage to compete as individuals and with their teams in various academic subjects. Participants write an essay, and they take tests in math, science, economics, art, and literature. In front of volunteer judges, they give prepared and impromptu speeches and participate in a college or job-type interview. The activities culminate with a “Super Quiz” team relay before a live audience.
Top performers earn college scholarships, medals and trophies, and a chance to compete on the national level. Approximately $8,000 in cash scholarships and prizes is awarded each year to the top three students overall in each division of the competition. To date, more than $200,000 has been made available to Academic Decathletes in Alaska.
Your contribution makes the difference in many high school students’ lives. It will provide the funding needed to sponsor the events and will help provide travel funds to the National Competition and scholarships and prizes to winning students and teams.
The Academic Decathlon:
• Is the only academic competition that covers a wide range of subjects, disciplines and skills
• Develops knowledge-based skills that train students to become a part of the academic or business communities
• Challenges students to push themselves beyond what they think is possible
• Motivates and recaptures students’ interest in academics
• Rewards heroes of the academic arena
• Encourages “C” students to excel beyond their current level and teaches other students that they have strengths that contribute to the team
• Is conducted in 41 states and three countries, involving more than 35,000 students
• Represents all that is positive about our young people