October Scrimmage Kicks-off the Academic Decathlon Season

Students met Oct. 26–27 for the first Academic Decathlon scrimmage of the season. The October through December scrimmages are broken into segments to allow students to concentrate on specific areas of the AD curriculum. This year’s curriculum theme is In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness!

The October scrimmage focused on art, music and literature. Twenty percent of the art curriculum studies the rise of modern medicine and the professionalization of medical practice from the Renaissance through the Twentieth century. Music focuses on ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Mortality Made Musical which includes basic elements of music theory; music of the church, home and stage; music from the romantic era; and music as mockery or memorial. Students read and study Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) for forty-five percent of the literature content.

November’s scrimmage will test mathematics skills in algebra and trigonometry; science will focus on the biology of cancer; social science on the history of healthcare; and finally an introduction to economics fundamentals and health economics.

A week before the winter break in December, Acadec teams will test for 15 minutes in each of the seven objective areas in preparation for the January regional competition and the February state competition to be held at Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center in Chaska. The state competition adds subjective tests in essay, speech and interview to round out the ten decathlon competition areas.

The state champion team and the Division IV representative team will earn the right to travel to Anchorage to compete in the USAD Nationals April 30–May 2, 2020. Good luck to all the MNAD teams as they scrimmage in preparation for the regional and state competitions!

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