For the first time, Alice High School will host the Academic Decathlon Region Championship and state-qualifying meet with 14 other schools competing.

Decathlon students did some last minute reviewing during fifth period on Thursday at the high school, while the younger students in the class worked on posters and other decorative items to set up in advance of the event.

The essay, speech and interview competitions will take place Friday evening at Alice High School with seven written exams starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Local spectators can watch the Super Quiz relay from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. also on Saturday followed by the Awards Ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

Both the Super Quiz and Awards Ceremony will be held at the high school auditorium.  

AISD Academic Decathlon Adviser Dr. Joseph Eberhard said the construction of new hotels in recent years have made it possible for the school to host out of town teams for the two-day event.

AISD Superintendent Dr. Salvador Cavazos has been nominated and placed on the State Board for Academic Decathlon. The State Board is in charge of making decisions for the Lone Star Challenge, Pentathlon, Octathlon, and Decathlon contests across the state.

“The state director of the program wanted to keep an Alice influence on the board because of the success of our programs from fourth through 12th grade,” Eberhard said.