Glenn Koegel, New Jersey State Director of the Academic Decathlon, will speak to the Old Guard of Summit at its Meeting, 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 12th, 2013.  His subject will be “A Team Approach toward Advancing High School Education.”

Mr. Koegel will describe how the Academic Decathlon fosters the team approach.  The Decathlon sponsors interscholastic team competitions for high school teams nationwide. Over 70 high schools in New Jersey participate.  A “team” includes three students with A averages, three with B averages, and three with C averages.  All nine team members take the same tests.  The team's score depends on the performances of all its members.

The competition includes multiple tests (art, language, science), prepared and impromptu public speaking and interviews with a panel of business persons.  Regional decathlons are held throughout New Jersey.  Regional winners take part in the State Decathlon.  The highest scoring team represents New Jersey at the United States Academic Decathlon.

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All age 50-plus active men are invited to attend the Tuesday morning meetings of the Summit Area Old Guard.  Meetings are held at the New Providence Municipal Center, 360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence.  A coffee hour starts at 9:15 a.m., followed by a 10:00 a.m. business meeting brightened by singing and humor.  The speaker begins at 10:30 a.m.

Old Guard members participate in sports, bridge, hikes, trips, plays, concerts and other cultural events.  Call Ralph Ortega at 908-244-4384 for more information.  Or log onto the website