BY HAILEY APONTE, Southwest High School student
The Southwest Academic Decathlon team of 2018-2019 are at it again with new topics, new subjects, and new members who gave some background on why they joined, so they can inspire people to join.
According to the United States Academic Decathlon website, “Each year, the Academic Decathlon selects a new theme for teams all over the country to explore. The theme shapes an entire course of studies—and brings it all together. The more years you participate in Academic Decathlon, the more themes you’ll master.”
This year's theme is The 1960s: A Transformational Decade and the Acadec team has already started their studies using websites like demidec to review the subjects covered in the competition.
When it comes to competition there are three teams with three people to each team. The honors team consists of students who have had a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the past two years. Then, the scholastic team has students that had a 3.0 to 3.74 GPA for the past two years. Finally, there’s a varsity team, which consists of students have had a GPA of 2.99 or lower for the past two years.
According to the United States Academic Decathlon website, “Academic Decathlon isn’t about mastering a single event, but ten different skills and disciplines. Every Academic Decathlon competition, whether it’s a local round or the national finals, will follow the same multidisciplinary format.”
Brittany Momcada is a 16-year-old junior who joined Acadec when she was a sophomore - this year will be her second year in the club.
“It’s an amazing extracurricular activity that teaches students more about a certain topic," Brittany said. "Having been in Acadec for two years now, I can say people should join because they acquire experience and it looks good on a resumé as well since it is highly known among schools,”
Brittany said that she has been able to gather more knowledge on certain things she thought she would never learn. She added that the members in Acadec are respectful to each other and support each other through the good and bad.
There are new members that joined the club this year, such as Acadec member Breanna Romero. She is a 15-year-old sophomore who is testing to be in the honors team.
“I like learning for fun so being in Acadec will keep me busy - also it looks good in college applications,” Breanna said.
Newest member Christine Choi is a 15-year-old sophomore who said she joined Acadec because learning ten different subjects and topics would make her a well-rounded person.
“I am also convinced that I will be able to view the world in a different way when I get access to so many different information from core subjects,” she said.