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What is Academic Decathlon?

The Alaska Academic Decathlon is an academic competition that:

  • Creates our state’s future leaders,
  • Rewards academic achievements,
  • Brings together teams comprised of students of all GPA levels from around the state,
  • Sends our winning team to represent Alaska at the United States Academic Decathlon.

Each year, the Alaska Academic Decathlon awards up to $24,000 in scholarships.

Virtual State Competition: Feb. 25 & 26, 2021

The Alaska Academic Decathlon is open to every high school in the state. Small high schools are encouraged to form teams, sometimes partnering with other small schools. Home-school students are welcome along with students from medium and large schools.

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2021 Curricular Theme: The Cold War

Students will study the economics, math, science, literature, art, music and social science of The Cold War, along with creating essays and speeches on the subject and participating in the Super Quiz - an all-team event on all of the above.


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Since 1985, Alaska has participated in the Academic Decathlon on the state and national level. GCI has been the major sponsor since 1996, sponsoring the program along with supplying many of its all-volunteer board of directors who worked tirelessly to create and maintain a robust program and scholarships for high school students throughout the state. Today, the Alaska Academic Decathlon is a program of SERRC – Alaska’s Educational Resource Center.
Alaska Academic Decathlon is a program of