Academic Decathlon, or ACADECA, is a competition in which high school students from competing schools in the county engage in a series of multiple-choice examinations of various categories stemming from one central topic, in order to win both individual, and team medals.
Category: Competition Clubs
Speech & Debate, in addition to being one of the most popular academic extracurricular activities high schoolers in the U.S. partake in, is one of UHS's premiere scholastic clubs. The phrase “Speech & Debate” is an overarching term for a variety of styles of debate and speech that Uni offers.
Science Fair is a year-round academic competition in which students, either individually or in groups of 2-3 (regardless of grade level), conduct science experiments/research studies to present at various science fairs in California.
Mock trial is a competitive academic club on campus in which members take on different roles, such as witnesses, attorneys, and pre-trial attorneys, in a made-up trial case that the Constitutional Rights Foundation creates every year. You get to learn how trials work in the American justice system and compete against schools from all over the county at an actual courthouse.
National History Day is a history research project competition similar to Science Fair. Every year, there is a theme that the organization establishes, such as Conflict and Compromise. From there, it is up to you to pick a historical topic that fits under that theme and do a research project on that topic. You can work by yourself or in groups for all categories except for the paper category, and your project can take the form of any of the following event categories.
Model United Nations, or MUN, is a program designed to simulate the international body, the United Nations. Students act as delegates to represent various nations in their respective committees. Student delegates are assigned one or two real-life international problems to research. Then, in committee, delegates debate and discuss various aspects of the topics with the goal of creating resolutions (in other words, solutions).
The Future Business Leaders of America, or FBLA, is a national organization designed to help high school students prepare for careers in business. Students participate in competitive events spanning a wide gamut of fields, topics, and structures, either individually or in a team. In addition to the academic competitions, FBLA conferences can also offer workshops on business careers, leadership development, and more.