What is the Decathlon Award?

The Decathlon Award recognizes exceptional CYT students who have demonstrated a love for theater by pursuing a well-rounded education in the theater arts and who have exhibited a character consistent with CYT values. The award includes a certificate of recognition to be presented at the CYT EXPO, as well as a personal letter of recommendation from Paul Russell, CYT Co-Founder.


The Decathlon Award will be awarded to students, aged 16-18, who have met the following requirements, within the past five seasons:

  1. Completion* of 10 CYT Classes
    • 2 Music Classes​​​​
    • 2 Dance Classes (must be different styles)
    • 2 Drama Classes
    • 2 Specialty Classes (Improv, makeup, technical, audition workshop, etc.) One week of CYT Middle School/High School Camp may be substituted for one class session.
    • 2 other Classes, any focus
  2. Participation in 10 CYT Productions
    • At least one as a cast member 
    • At least one as a crew member
  3. Participation in a volunteer position during 1 CYT Session (such as hair, makeup, usher, class aid, etc.)
  4. Participation in good standing for 2 years membership in HYPE or documented 40 hours of community service through church, school or civic organization
  5. Completion of a written Essay. In 350-500 words, explain how CYT has been impactful in making you the person you are today. What traits, skills, etc. do you hold because of your time with CYT? Who and what from CYT helped develop those characteristics?

*A completed class means fulfilling the entire 10 weeks session (with one absence allowed). Repeating the same class does not count as two classes. 


Apply for the Decathlon through the link below! Upon completion, your application will be reviewed by CYT HQ and then submitted to your Branch's leadership for verification. EXPO 2020 may be cancelled this year but the work of CYT students in the local Branches hasn’t stopped and we will continue to celebrate that through the Decathlon Award this year.  Deadline for the 2020 Application Process is May 31, 2020. Stay tuned for upcoming information on the live presentation of the Decathlon recipients coming in June!

In order to receive the Decathlon Award in June of 2020, the application must be submitted no later than May 31st, 2020.