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Academic Olympiad


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In 1985 Utah State University, the USU Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, The Northern Utah Curriculum Consortium, and several school districts in northern Utah launched the first “Academic Olympiad.” Utah State University continues to host the Olympiad, now involving twenty-five high schools and eleven school districts.

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The Academic Olympiad is a scholarly competition involving 9-member teams from each of the participating high schools. Competition games will be held in the subject arrears of: Mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. The Contest is climaxed by an exciting activity called Star Wars.

Winning teams are awarded medals, trophies, and other recognition. Utah State University provides scholarships for the overall winners, and for those in each subject matter area.

The Olympiad begins with registration and opening assembly, followed by individual student competition in subject matter areas of mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. The contest is climaxed by an exciting team competition (college-bowl styled tournament) called Star Wars and concludes with a recognition ceremony for individual and school winners. The Olympiad was initially sponsored by the Utah State University chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, in response to a request from NUCC (Northern Utah Curriculum Consortium), an organization that regularly brings together representatives from twelve northern Utah school districts, Utah State University, Weber State University, and the Utah State Office of Education. The goals of the Olympiad are:

  • To confer visibility of scholarly performance through a competitive event,
  • To stimulate the academic efforts of high school students and to promote global education,
  • To recognize the scholarship of able students and the accomplishments of dedicated teachers,
  • To involve a large number of high school students without making excessive demands on their time,"
  • To promote cooperation between school district representatives and university faculty members in the areas of curriculum and instruction.

In 1991, international competition was introduced to the Olympiad through participation of two high schools from the Soviet Union. International participation does not occur each year.