Community, Corporate and School leaders founded the Rhode Island Academic Decathlon in 1983 to promote and celebrate academic excellence among high school students. We've hosted thirty-two state and two national competitions in the last 31 years. In 2016, 198 students on 19 teams vied for the honor of representing the Ocean State at the nationals.
The Decathlon is open to all public, private and parochial high schools in Rhode Island. Rhode Island Academic Decathlon assists by underwriting a portion of the cost of study materials for all teams. We also fund part of the expense for the state champions to compete in the United States Academic Decathlon that is usually held in the third week of April.
Traditionally, the state decathlon is held in March. It is preceded by scrimmages that are conducted online. In addition to individual and team medals, with the assistance of the Rhode Island General Assembly, scholarships are available to senior gold medalists.
The Rhode Island Academic Decathlon is funded through a combination of corporate sponsorships, state grants and individual contributions. It shares office space with the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership in Warwick and operates on an annual budget of about $60,000.
See a list of previous winners of the Academic Decathlon here!
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The 2018 competition will be in March. Stay tuned for the date.
Rhode Island Academic Decathlon Board of Directors
John Howell, Jr., President
Mark Harris, Secretary
Geri Bennett, Treasurer
Joseph A. DiPietro, Esquire
John P. Gauthier
Brian K. Jordan
The Honorable Brian P. Kennedy, RI House of Representative
Faith A. LaSalle, Esquire
Robert P. Massoud
Edna O'Neill Mattson
Paul T. Pisano, Esquire
John C. Revens, Jr.
Dr. C. Michael Trottier
Rhode Island Academic Decathlon Foundation Board of Directors
John Howell, Beacon Communications
The Honorable Michael McCaffrey, Esquire, RI State Senate, McCaffrey & McCaffrey
Erica Martineau, Bank RI
David Monti, RDW Group
Michael Ryan, National Grid
Howard Sutton, Past Publisher, The Providence Journal
Bill White, Coastway Community Bank