Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The 2023 Alaska Academic Decathlon State Competition brought together high school students from around the state to the University of Alaska Anchorage Campus, Mar. 1-4, to compete in ten scholastic subjects based on the United States Academic Decathlon’s yearly theme.
The Alaska Academic Decathlon is a program of SERRC – Alaska’s Educational Resource Center and is sponsored by Alaska 529, GCI, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Norwegian Cruise Lines, RurAL CAP Foundation, Alaska Commercial Company, Golden Heart Community Foundation, Usibelli Coal Mine, Hansen Gress, Kensington Coeur Alaska, and Alyeska Pipeline.
Along with studying literature, science, social science, math, art, economics, and music of the American Revolution, students also wrote an
essay, craft and deliver speeches in front of a panel of judges and engage in professional-type interviews.
The four-day event kicked off with a welcome ceremony where students interacted with nine partner organizations (UAA, UAF, UAS, APU, Alaska Christian College, Alaska Community Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, and more) and ended with an award ceremony that included an inspiring talk from Representative Mary Sattler Peltola.
The highlights included raffling off $5,000 in tech gifts donated by GCI (iPads, Apple Watches), awarding academic achievement with medals and $35,000 in scholarships (provided by Alaska 529), and Rep. Peltola’s visit with the students.
2023 Alaska Academic Decathlon State Competition Winners:
Lathrop High School (FBKS) will represent Alaska at the United States Academic Decathlon National Competition in Texas at the end of April.
Division I Winners (Large Schools): IDEA Home School, Ketchikan High School, and Juneau Douglas High
School: Yadaa.at Kale.
Division II Winners (Small Schools): Hutchison High School (FBKS), Valdez High School, and Bering Strait
School District (students from several small sites).
Considered one of the most rigorous scholastic events in the country, the Alaska Academic Decathlon engages students of all abilities. Each team must be comprised of students of varying GPAs.