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Congratulations to Acton-Boxborough RHS and Ashland HS for advancing to Nationals!

The state champions and runners-up will be competing in Frisco, Texas on April 19-21.

Ashland team photo at Nationals 2018! testing 2008 Super Quiz Quincy High School 2015 2013 State Interview at St. John's 2013 State Super Quiz at St. John's Tewksbury High School 2015 Avon High School 2014

What is Academic Decathlon?

Massachusetts Academic Decathlon is an academic competition in which teams of 9 high school students battle in 10 different events:

  • 7 objective tests based on a college-level, academically rigorous curriculum linked by a common theme
  • 3 subjective events that challenge us to develop, connect, and communicate ideas and personal experiences under pressure
  • one high-pressure, high-stakes Super Quiz relay open to the public
Along this epic adventure, beginning when the new theme is released in May and continuing until the United States Academic Decathlon National Finals the following April, students from all academic backgrounds have the opportunity to be a part of something greater than themselves, to discover and embrace the thrill of learning and academic exploration that soon turns into a lifelong pursuit of knowledge, and to gain the skills and build the relationships that no classroom experience could ever hope to match.

It's about daring to push your limits, to master college-level material and to practice skills, like public speaking, that might be wholly new to you. It's about the people you'll meet along the way -- the coaches who will mentor you, the competitors who will challenge you, and the teammates who will become your lifelong friends.

Dr. Les Martisko

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2018 States Results

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, over a hundred students from the top 15 high schools in the state faced off at the State Finals at Harvard University!

Acton-Boxborough (1st overall) and Ashland (2nd overall) secured spots to attend the National Championship, to be held April 19-21 in Frisco, Texas.

Henry J. Lukas Award State Champions:
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (46,632.0)

Large School Overall Winners:
1. Wellesley High School (39,278.7)
2. Quincy High School (33,521.6)
3. Franklin High School (29,563.5)

Small School Overall Winners:
1. Ashland High School (41,812.3)
2. Pittsfield High School (30,276.1)
3. Austin Preparatory School (29,943.5)

Individual Student Champions:
Honors: Alicia Yang, Acton-Boxborough (8,697.1)
Scholastic: Pratheek Hegde, Acton-Boxborough (8,707.0)
Varsity: Arthur Wang, Ashland (7,853.0)

Full scores and awards can be found here.

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Competition Schedule

Date Competition Location
November 18, 2017 Round 1 North Reading High School
February 3, 2018 Regionals Quincy High School
March 3, 2018 State Finals Harvard University
April 19-21, 2018 USAD Nationals Frisco, Texas


2018-19 Theme: The 1960s


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