United States Academic Decathlon Curriculum  Topic for 2019–2020:

In sickness and in Health: An exploration of illness and wellness.

2019 – 2020 topic areas:

2019-2020 Program Materials and Products Brochure Cover

The U.S. Academic Decathlon® is excited to announce that the overall curricular theme for 2019–2020 will be In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness. Following is some general information on the topics in each of the subject areas.

  • SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to the biology of cancer.
  • LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature will be the 1818 version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
  • ART: The art curriculum will include a section on art fundamentals and will largely focus on an exploration of illness and wellness in art.
  • MUSIC: The music curriculum will introduce students to various musical works from across the centuries that will allow them to examine the role of mortality in Western art music.
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum will introduce students to the history of healthcare.
  • ECONOMICS: The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics and will also include a thematic section on health economics.
  • MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum will cover algebra and trigonometry.*

The full subject area outlines will be posted on the U.S. Academic Decathlon website on May 1 and will also be published in the U.S. Academic Decathlon Study Guide, which will begin shipping on May 15.

* The 2019–20 mathematics curriculum and materials will be the same as were used for the 2016–17 U.S. Academic Decathlon


Photos from Nationals

  • Name badges for the competitors

Academic Decathlon National Competition, Bloomington, Minnesota 2019.

Ohio Results:

Oakwood High School:

77 combined medals 

Division lll -Overall winners

Division  lll  -Super Quiz Champions

Top Scorer -William Ayres

Willoughby South High School 

Combined medals -12

Division lV -3rd place

Division lV -Super Quiz Champions

Top Scorer -Catherine Johnston                                


2019 State Competition winners:

Novice Division – Villa Angela-St Joseph High School

Large School winners – Willoughby South High School

Overall winners – Oakwood High School

* Click the results tab to see how your high school did


VASJ Academic Decathlon team wins State Tournament


  • March 22, 2019
  • Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School’s Academic Decathlon team added another state championship to the school’s impressive list after winning the Novice Division at the 2019 Ohio Academic Decathlon State Competition on March 16.“We are so proud of the students on our Academic Decathlon team,” says VASJ Principal David Csank. “They worked hard all year and achieved the ultimate goal: Winning a state title in the competition. To win the championship in only their third year is an amazing accomplishment!”This is not the first state win for VASJ’s Academic Decathlon Coach Bob Seitz, who has been coaching for over 30 years. Exactly 10 years ago, he coached the Collinwood High School team to a state championship. Seitz knows the hard work and dedication it takes for students to achieve this level of success.“These students are to be commended for undertaking a rigorous curriculum consisting of seven major subjects, two speeches, an interview, and an essay,” Setiz says. “Attending after-school practice sessions, writing an essay, preparing a speech, and studying seven subjects is quite an undertaking for high school students. Their sacrifice and hard work has paid off and it is a proud moment for us to be associated with and supported by Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School.”His team, comprised of Tyyonna Davis ’19, John Michalski ’20, Tyler Matambanadzo ’19, Nevaeh Jernigan ’21, Clarke Moore ’21, Matt Ballard ’21, Mark Ballard ’21, and ’21 Michael Strother, earned a total of 36 medals (14 Gold, 15 Silver, and 7 Bronze) at the state tournament.“It was awesome and I felt so proud of my team,” says Team Captain John Michalski. “It was a great way to end the season. We all worked really hard and Mr. Seitz was a great coach and really inspired us to achieve our potential.”Prior to winning the state competition, the team earned second place in the Novice Division at regionals. Mark Ballard achieved the highest overall score in the Scholastic Division and Michael Strother achieved the second-highest score of all the competing students in Interview with a 990 out of 1000.“This is quite an accomplishment,” says Seitz. “It has been my pleasure working with such wonderful students,” Seitz says. “Through their hard work and dedication, they have shown that VASJ is truly a school that can excel in academic endeavors.”The United States Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. The topic for this year was “The 1960’s, a transformational decade.” Individual events included exams in Science, Economics, Social Science, Mathematics, Literature, Art, and Music. Also included in the competition was an essay, interview, and two speeches.Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School is a Catholic, comprehensive college-preparatory school rooted in the Ursuline and Marianist traditions and committed to the spiritual, academic, and personal growth of each student.For more information, contact Director of Communications Emily Robinson at erobinson@vasj.com.

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Ohio wins Division ll at Academic Decathlon Nationals! Congratulations to OAKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL who finished first in Division 2 and second in the nation with their highest score ever!!

 Awards banquet will be live streamed at 8am cst Saturday 21st April. Tune in to support Ohio teams Oakwood and Willougby SouthUSAD.Org


View the 2018 Awards Ceremony in full here

Come support Ohio’s Academic Decathlon team Oakwood High School  SPEECH SHOWCASE!

All team members will be presenting their speeches for National competition. $5 a person, children under 10 are free. All monies earnt will help get the team to Frisco, TX . Come support and listen to the young voices of Ohio.

When: Friday, April 13 at 7:00 pm

Where: Oakwood High School – 1200 Far Hills Ave.

Watch here!



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Tremayne Hogue
Staff Writer

Dayton Daily News
2:28 p.m Sunday, April 23, 2017

Oakwood high school academic decathlon team

In six straight trips, Oakwood High School’s Academic Decathlon team members are once again the Division 3 National Champions.

The team competed in the National Academic Decathlon competition in Madison, Wisconsin, last week, after qualifying in the March state championship.

RELATED: Oakwood academic team to defend national title
Their March victory was the school’s seventh consecutive state title.Beyond winning the overall competition, the team also placed first in the Super Quiz Relay, had eight of the top nine overall scores, picked up 56 team medals and an additional 27 individual medals. The students earned $6,250 in scholarship money, as well.


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