Wilmot UHS Academic Decathlon team win 2018 regional competition

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The Wilmot Union High School Academic Decathlon team won the regional competition at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Friday.

Here’s a rundown from coach Don Serkowski:

The Wilmot Academic Decathlon team reclaimed it’s top spot at the UW-Whitewater regional competition this past Friday. Last year Wilmot was soundly defeated at the regionals by the team from Watertown, this year it was Wilmot that convincingly took home the regional trophy, their 9th in the past 11 years, once again qualifying them for the state competition in March. The Panthers were led by sophomore Claire Vozel who broke the 8,000 point threshold and finished third overall in the honors division behind two Waterford decathletes.  She won blue ribbons in Music, Economics, Social Science, and Essay.  Claire also took home red ribbons in Art and Science while adding a white ribbon in Literature. Thus far she is both the highest scoring freshman and sophomore in Wilmot history. Also scoring over 8,000 points for Wilmot was sophomore Marcus Wolff who finished fourth overall in the honors division. He won the blue ribbon in Science, red ribbons in Economics and Social Science, and another pair of white ribbons in Art and Mathematics. Previously Wilmot had four decathletes in the past fifteen years score over 8,000 points at a competition, but this marked the first time in school history it was done by sophomores. Sophomore Levi Keen finished fifth overall in the honors division winning a red ribbon for Mathematics, and three white ribbons in Literature, Science, and Social Science. He is closing in on the 8,000 point mark. In the scholastic division the team was led by senior Kylie Henderson who finished first overall in her division, earning a star-shaped individual trophy and an overall blue ribbon for that accomplishment.  In so doing she broke the 7,000 point mark for the first time in her career.  Kylie also secured blue ribbons in Music and Art, red ribbons in Literature and Science, and a white in Social Science. Not far behind Kylie was fellow scholastic teammate junior Austin Adam who finished third overall in the division. Austin earned four blue ribbons in Literature, Science, Social Science, and Essay. He added two red ribbons in Music and Art and a white ribbon in Economics. Freshman Zach O’Brien just missed winning a ribbon, placing fourth in Music. In the varsity division, senior Emily Heckel placed first overall, also receiving a star-shaped individual trophy with her overall blue ribbon for her feat. Emily led the team in individual ribbons won with nine total, edging out teammates Vozel and Adam who each won eight. She took blues in Literature, Science, Art, Social Science, and Speech, reds in Music and Essay, and a white in Economics.  Emily is most likely the highest scoring varsity decathlete in the state at present. Junior Tanis Rossow placed fourth overall in the varsity division.  She won the blue ribbon in Music, even scoring higher than some of her honors division teammates. She added red ribbons in Social Science, Art, and Science and a white in Economics. Junior Ambriel Siggeman won the red ribbon in Literature and three white ribbons in Mathematics, Music, and Economics.  The team took home the first place team trophy and accumulated forty-nine individual ribbons at the competition.  They also posted the second highest regional score by a Wilmot team. This marks the fourteen consecutive state appearance by Wilmot who will attempt to take their fifth straight state title in March. This year’s  curricular theme is Africa.

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