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Merced County Academic Decathlon






Celebrating its 42nd year in Merced County, the Academic Decathlon pits ​​area high schools against each other in a contest of academics. Students compete in the areas of art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, social science and science. Students also participate in communication events to showcase their Speech, Interview and Essay skills. 


The Academic Decathlon is open to students in grades 9-12.  A team consists of 9 members made up of 3 honor students, 3 scholastic students and 3 varsity students in accordance with the required grade point averages as indicated.  Alternates can compete individually in 8 events at an additional cost.​



The 2022-2023 Theme is "The American Revolution and the New Nation.” ​​​​​



2022-2023 Timeline

MCAD Intent Due: November 4, 2022

CAD Registration: November 4, 2022

Fees and Team Paperwork Due for Essay and Scrimmage: November 28, 2022


Round 1 - Scrimmage (Optional)

MCAD Scrimmage - Saturday, December 3, 2022

CAD Scrimmage - December 6-9, 2022


Round 2 - County/Regional

Essay: TBD (Online)

Final Team List and Paperwork Due: December 12, 2022

Objective Testing: TBD (Online)

Speech/Interview/SQ/Awards: February 4, 2023 (In-Person)


Round 3 - State Competition (Winning Team)

Essay: TBD (Online)

Objective Testing: TBD (Online)

Speech/Interview/SQ/Awards: TBD (In-Person)