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Orange County Academic Decathlon (OCAD) promotes academic excellence through a multi-discipline curriculum that complements state standards. The OCAD competition offers awards, scholarships, and recognition for each student's achievement and participation, as a team and individually. The program encourages community involvement through financial contributions and volunteer opportunities.
The Academic Decathlon is the premiere scholastic competition in the United States. It is a 10 event competition for high school students. Teams consist of nine students: three "A", three "B", and three "C" students. Subjects include math, science, social science, literature, art, economics, and music. Participants take written tests, write an essay, deliver two speeches, and participate in an interview. The curriculum topic changes each year and is set by the US Academic Decathlon.
In Orange County, more than 40 high schools and over 500 students compete in this annual competition. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to serve as judges and test proctors for the events.