img_0819High school students who will compete in this year’s Academic Decathlon begin their journey today at Fresno State as they learn about nuclear and atomic physics on the world stage during World War II, which is this year’s topic.

A series of workshops on the Fresno State campus gives high school students background on the selected topic in a college setting from professors and advanced students.

Following the physics presentation, Fresno State English Professor Tim Skeen will do a presentation.

Academic Decathlon is a contest of academic strength focusing on 10 areas:

  • Economics
  • Language and literature
  • Social science
  • Fine arts
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
  • Music
  • Science
  • Interview

Two more groups of talks will take place before the competition. On Tuesday, Nov. 1. Economics Professor Janice Peterson will cover economics and Center for Creativity and the Arts Director Cindy Urrutia will discuss art. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, Music Professor Benjamin Boone will cover music of the era and Media, Communications and Journalism Professor Gary Rice will cover World War II history.

The Fresno County Academic Decathlon is coordinated by the Fresno County Office of Education and sponsored by various local business including our premiere sponsors, Educational Employees Credit Union and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

This year’s two-day event will be hosted by Fresno State on Jan. 28 and Central East High School on Feb. 4.