February 6, 2007

High school students to jump mental hurdles at academic decathlon

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Twenty teams of high school students from throughout Indiana will take part in a mental endurance test on Feb. 9-10 when they participate in the Indiana Academic Decathlon State Finals at Purdue University.

Administered by the Indiana Association of School Principals and funded by Purdue, the event features teams of students competing through tests, essays, speeches and interviews to advance to a national competition, which will take place in Honolulu on April 25-28.

Two events will be open to the public at 2:30 Saturday (Feb. 10) in the Elliott Hall of Music. They include the Oral Super Quiz and the Speech Showcase, which will feature six of the top-scoring students in the speech portion of the competition. An awards ceremony will follow.

Victor L. Lechtenberg, Purdue's vice provost for engagement, said the competition is one way the university helps support K-12 education in the state.

"Supporting academic excellence in Indiana high schools is a priority for Purdue," Lechtenberg said. "By serving as a host for academic competitions, Purdue inspires students to work hard and appreciate the opportunities that higher education brings."

Gerald Mohr, associate executive director of the Indiana Association of School Principals, said Purdue has a long history of promoting academic success.

"Whether it's sending students to help in the classroom, training teachers, sponsoring enrichment activities or reaching out to families who need help in realizing their college dreams, Purdue supports education in countless ways throughout the entire state," Mohr said. "The Academic Decathlon is but one example of that commitment."

In addition to providing funding for the competitions, Purdue assists with question writing, presenting awards, and offering promotional and technical assistance.

Future competitions include the Indiana Academic Super Bowl, in which teams of middle and high school students compete in English, math, science, fine arts and social studies categories, and the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl. The events will take place at Purdue on May 5 and Nov. 10, respectively.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu

Sources:   Victor Lechtenberg, (765) 494-9095, vll@purdue.edu

Gerald Mohr, (317) 891-9900 ext. 210, gmohr@iasp.org

Kyle Harrop, IASP student program director, (317) 891-9900 Ext. 220, (317) 319-3856 (cell), kharrop@iasp.org

Kathryn Walters, Purdue Conference Coordinator, (765) 494-2758,  kw@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: A list of high schools that will have students participating in the competition is available online at http://www.iasp.org/iace/DecathlonStateFinalistTeams.html. Media are invited to cover the Oral Super Quiz, which takes place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 10) in the Elliott Hall of Music. It will be followed by the Speech Showcase and awards ceremony. Journalists also can obtain contest results by calling Kyle Harrop, Indiana Association of School Principals program director, after 5 p.m. Saturday at (317) 319-3856.

Related Web sites:
Indiana Association of School Principals: http://www.iasp.org/

Office of Engagement: http://www.purdue.edu/engagment/

 

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