Prepare for Academic Decathlon

November 8, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

Over 200 area high school students will attend the 18th annual Academic Decathlon preparation day, held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at California State University, Bakersfield. The event will be held at the Doré Theatre.

Introductions and welcomes will be made by Ed Hughes, coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools; John Dirkse, interim associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs; Soraya Coley, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; and Michael Flachmann, director of the Helen Louise Hawk honors program and English professor.

The United States Academic Decathlon is one of the premier academic competitions for high school students in the United States. USAD contests are held in 39 states, as well as in British Columbia, Canada. It consists of 10 events, which include seven tests, two performance events and an essay.

"This year's Academic Decathlon preparation day at CSUB will feature four of CSUB's outstanding faculty discussing topics surrounding one of the most significant events and periods in the country's history – the Civil War," Dirkse said.

A presentation on art will be given by Dianne Turner, art professor. Alicia Rodriquez, history professor, will discuss the super quiz. David Berri, applied economics professor, will give a talk about economics, and Brett Schmoll, history lecturer, will conclude the day with a presentation about language and literature.

This year's Academic Decathlon competition will be held in February at Bakersfield College.

For more information, please contact Dirkse at CSUB at (661) 654-3420 or