Executive Director

A note from Idaho Academic Decathlon Executive Director Mary Bird:2015-08-16 12.53.02

Dear decathletes, coaches, and friends of Academic Decathlon—

I would like to welcome all new and returning decathletes.  This year’s theme, Africa, is an interesting and exciting one.  I hope all of you are learning a great deal about the topics and that you’re ready to compete.

For those of you who are parents, teachers, or administrators and may be new to Academic Decathlon, I hope you find that the program enhances the education of your children. Many school boards and administrators do not realize that the United States Academic Decathlon curriculum addresses many of the high school Mathematics and Reading Common Core Standards, as well as the National Content Standards for Economics, English Language Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Science and Social Studies.  If schools are looking for interesting and innovative ways to teach the Standards, Academic Decathlon is the ticket.

I am happy to announce that Idaho State University will be the host site of our state competition in March 2018.   This is the first time our state meet has been held in Pocatello and I know that ISU is thrilled to have our exceptional students on campus. This will be a great opportunity for our decathletes to experience a competition in the southeastern part of our state and to get a taste of what the Idaho State University has to offer.

It is hard to believe that we now are entering a fourth decade of providing this program to high schools in Idaho.  With the generous financial support of many individuals, businesses, foundations, and corporations, we have been very fortunate.  The IAD looks forward to a long tenure with many of our current supporters and continues to encourage new businesses and individuals to get involved.

Besides the financial support we receive, we also must acknowledge and thank the approximately 200 volunteers that help in our program.  Most of these individuals are judges for the Speech and Interview events in our competitions.  We also thank those businesses or corporations that provide wonderful in-kind support.

Best of luck to all Idaho Academic Decathlon teams!  I wish you much success during the school year and the competition season.

Mary Bird | Executive Director