Course Description : This course is based on the Georgia Virtual World History curriculum. The student will learn about the time frame of civilization as we know it, beginning from the first civilizations of Mesopotamia through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Enlightenment, onward past the World Wars to modern times. Students will learn through online video lectures, readings and maps and be able to respond to questions with written work. Students will learn to evaluate information and become independent thinkers. This course is writing intensive, and tests are not utilized. Students will give oral presentations, which includes a final presentation of a student-created timeline.
There are four official levels of competition: local/scrimmage, regional, state, and national (Rounds 1, 2, 3, and 4 respectively). With the exception of Round 1, only the top finishers in each round advance to the next level.   California, the state with the largest Academic Decathlon, holds local scrimmages using the Round 1 tests, which are largely for practice and do not determine whether a team can compete at the regional level, which uses Round 2 tests.  In the 2008–09 season, 43 states participated in statewide Academic Decathlons,  though only 35 and an international school participated in the national competition.  
Even when a mask was placed on an inanimate object, it was understood to animate it, to give it life, energy, and an important identity. This would have been the case, for example, for the mask placed on a simple wood frame that was to represent Xiuhtecuhtli. Only the mask, or the ‘face,’ was needed to materialize the god. In the Mixtec Codex Vindobonensis (Codex Vienna), page 46, we can see a mask tied to a flaming bundle of sticks (pic 13). Like some, if not all, of the masks destined to be a temple altar or offering, this mask may have never been intended for wear by a living person. This would explain why a surprising number of Aztec masks do not have openings for a living person’s eyes, nose, and mouth.