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Jovan-Justine Love February 23, 1995

RELEASE: 95-013

Johnson Space Center Employees Support The Texas Academic Decathlon State Finals

Nineteen Johnson Space Center employees will serve as Interview Judges on Friday, February 24, 1995, during the Texas Academic Decathlon, a three day high school academic competition for thousands of dollars in college scholarships.

This is the first time that Johnson Space Center employees have participated in this event, and.it is also the first time that Clear Creek Independent School District has hosted this statewide competition.

"In the past, NASA has been very supportive in providing tutors, so we felt confident that we could get a cadre of qualified people," said Ava Lunsford, Director of Community Partnerships for Clear Creek Independent School District.

The Johnson Space Center employees who volunteered were asked to participate as interview judges because of their extensive experience in interviewing and recruiting. Nine of the employees are from the Office of Human Resources; three are from the Mission Operations Directorate; and three are from the Engineering Directorate. The remaining four employees are from the Center Operations Directorate; the Safety, Reliability, and Quality Assurance Office; the Office of Public Affairs; and the Space Station Projects Office.

After a short training session on what to look for and what to ask, each employee's role as an interview judge is to follow guidelines which apply to an employment interview situation focusing questions on career and college goals.



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Scholastic champions from all across Texas will be at Clear Creek High School on February 24 - 26 to compete in the state finals of the Texas Academic Decathlon Large School Division.

The teams involved in the February event represent schools with enrollments of 1,251 or more students. These teams have advanced to state competition by winning at regional contests.

The Texas Academic Decathlon awards a total of $58,500 in scholarships to the top scorers in each area of competition and to each member of the first, second, and third place teams. The Winston C. Power, Jr., Scholarship is presented to the highest scoring individual decathlete. Also, Academic Decathlon students are eligible to receive $2,000 annually while attending Texas A&M; University.

The Academic Decathlon program began in 1968 in California for the Orange County schools. In 1979, the Decathlon became a statewide competition, and three years later the first national event was held. Schools in Texas have participated in this program since 1984. Since then, a Texas school has won the national championship eight times, placed second twice, and placed third once. One school represents Texas at the United States Academic Decathlon.

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