In February I bought the no-fine time and spoke about the Academic Decathlon and asked for volunteers.  About 12 East Rotarians signed up to help.  The competition was held the end of April and was very successful.  Many who had been to other nationals said that it was the best ever.  Visitors were very impressed with our facilities-mostly the Egan Center and Hilton Hotel.  What was especially impressive were the 250 volunteers (including 12 East Rotarians) who came to the two judged events on Thursday.  Comments were that there has never been a more professional group of judges.
About 600 students and 400 coaches, parents, etc. came for the three day event.  Visit Alaska was very helpful throughout the entire process.  GCI is very supportive of Academic Decathlon including many, many employees and much financial support.  
A team from Granada Hills Charter School in California won for the 5th time in the last 6 (one 2nd).  The team representing Alaska was the IDEA Team composed of home school students.  They won the best new team award and four individual medals (which is very good for a new team) including one in speech.  
Most teams took time for an Alaska Adventure while they were here.  About 100 students came from China.  They are very interested in everything American. 
Thanks again for the East Rotarians who volunteered  
Bill Miernyk, Vocational Committee