From Michael Woods, WHS Class of 2005
Through my time at Caltech, and later when starting my own companies and bringing products to market, I've found little more important than the ability to bring together teams of people, organize them, and motivate them towards a common goal. Acadec was one of the foundations of that skill for me—the teamwork aspect in general, as well as all the constituent skills of public speaking, interview interaction, writing, and a heaping dose on top of having to learn a ton of wildly different things, all at the same time; and moreover, making sure that your teammates have learned them too!
The other competition clubs available were good (And I did them all! Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, Spacesets, Bay Math League, ARML, and more!), but none had quite that same level of deeply integrated teamwork as Acadec. And for that, I'm thankful.