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Academic Test Awaits Students
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One day down, one to go.

Members of the Escalon High School Academic Decathlon Team will head to Stockton for a full day of competition on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Starters have already completed their first day of testing, including doing interviews and giving speeches, with all team members now gearing up for written tests this weekend. Saturday afternoon will also feature the Super Quiz oral relay, with the 'starting nine' of Escalon High doing battle with teams from all across the county for academic honors.

"I think most of them felt they did well, although we won't have any official results for at least a couple of days," team advisor George Megenney said of how the starters performed in the first round of competition on Jan. 29. "We should know something late Thursday, early Friday."

The actual Academic Decathlon competition includes teams from schools all over San Joaquin County in a battle of the brains and at EHS, the team has been preparing for the event for months. This week, Megenney added, there will be some 'cramming' going on as students, both the scoring team and alternates, get ready for the competition.

"Wednesday we will be working on literature, Thursday they will meet with teacher Rick Heflin for some earth science review, Friday they will get a tutorial on 'The Grapes of Wrath' by one of our English teachers," Megenney said.

Theme for the Academic Decathlon this year is The Great Depression and earth science will be featured in the Super Quiz.

All team members will head to University of the Pacific in Stockton for a series of tests starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, with the Super Quiz oral relay slated for the afternoon at the Scottish Rite Auditorium.

"It's hard to tell how we'll do from one year to the next," admitted Megenney. "But I feel that the starters did their best and we'll see how everyone else does."