Volunteer

The Alaska Academic Decathlon and Pentathlon programs are fueled by volunteers! Thank you to all our hard-working volunteers for making this program possible.



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"It is fascinating to me to learn a little bit of what's in the mind of our youth. I appreciate and am encouraged by the students' responses, even at the middle school level."

Long-time Alaska Academic Decathlon and Pentathlon Volunteer

Speech

Alaska Academic Decathlon students prepare and deliver a four-minute speech along with devising a two-minute impromptu speech based on one of three prompts. Their speeches are scored by a panel of three judges using the United States Academic Decathlon grading rubric.

The speech event is part of the in-person state competition, held at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Interview

Academic Decathlon students participate in a seven-minute professional interview scored by a panel of three judges. Questions and grading rubric are provided by the United States Academic Decathlon curriculum team.

The interview event is part of the in-person state competition, held at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Essay

Both Academic Decathlon (high school) and Pentathlon (middle school) students write a timed essay based on one of three prompts. Volunteer readers read and score the essays using a national rubric created by USAD.

Essay judging is done remotely, with your own device and at your leisure during a set reading period. A brief, mandatory training is provided via Zoom.

State Championship

Volunteers are vital to running the State Championship, judging and more. 


Volunteer for the State Championship

Scrimmage

In addition to the Statewide Championship, Alaska Academic Decathlon and Pentathlon may hold scrimmage events. 


Volunteer for the scrimmage

Proctored testing

Alaska Academic Decathlon students will be tested on the subjects studied. Tests are proctored by impartial volunteers.

The proctored testing is part of the in-person state competition, held at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Set-up

The Alaska Academic Decathlon State Competition features both academic and social events, which require set-up.

Volunteers play a vital role in setting the stage (literally) for success — and fun.