Theme for 2020-2021: The Cold War

 Changes for 2020-2021 Competition YearOpportunities

GPA Ranges for Determining Honor, Scholastic, Varsity
Honor:  3.80 - 4.00
Scholastic:  3.20 - 3.79
Varsity:  3.19 and below

Art Contest for 2021 USAD National Logo
It is an exciting competition year to be from Iowa because USAD Nationals are coming to Des Moines in April of 2021! In order to highlight the exceptional talent of Iowa students, we are having an art contest for the design of the 2021 USAD National Logo!
How? Create a unique design that will fit on a 1.5-2 inch lapel pin. It should have a connection to Iowa, Des Moines, or the Cold War. Uniquely shaped ideas are welcome.
Format?  .pdf
When?  Submit to by midnight October 1, 2020.
Winner:  The artist of the selected logo will be acknowledged on the IAD Website and the 2021 USAD National Competition Program. There is no monetary value for the contest winner. 
Due to the school closings during the Coronavirus Pandemic, courses from the spring term of 2020 will not included to determine student GPAs for decathlon competitions. Do not count courses taken during this term.

IAD Change in Determining School Size Divisions for State Competition
The highest scoring 24 schools from the four regionals will be invited to the 2021 IAD State Competition.
They will then be divided in half to determine the 12 large and 12 small schools according to size. Large schools will be the 12 qualifying schools with the largest populations. Small schools will be the 12 qualifying schools with the smallest populations.
*Qualifications for  USAD National Competitions will continue to be dependent on USAD guidelines and requirements.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 24 Iowa teams that participated in the 2020 State Competition held at Waterloo East High School on March 6 & 7!

We support American Veterans!
Special thanks to the American Legion of Iowa
for supporting our Iowa students both financially and through local legionnaires honoring our students by presenting our state awards.

Our 2020 Waterloo Legionnaires

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Des Moines will be hosting the 
April 29 - May 1, 2021.
Speeches and interviews - 
Thursday, April 28, 2021
Objective testing - 
Friday, April 29, 2021  
Please mark your calendars! 

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