Wilmot UHS Academic Decathlon team places second at the 2019 UW-Whitewater Regional

The Wilmot Union High School Academic Decathlon team placed second Friday at the UW-Whitewater Regional to advance to the state finals for the 15th consecutive year.  The Panthers squared off against nine other opponents and were edged by the team from Watertown by fewer than 80 points (a .2% margin). Wilmot will have to reverse that outcome if it wants to win its sixth consecutive state title in March. At state Wilmot will be up against a total of 19 other teams from across Wisconsin.

This year’s theme is the Decade of 1960’s with the the competition beginning back in May of 2018.

Wilmot was led by junior Marcus Wolff in the honors division who not only posted the highest score across the state but the highest Regional score in state history eclipsing the 9,000 point threshold.  It is the first time a Wilmot decathlete has ever breeched 9,000 points at any decathlon event. Marcus took home seven individual ribbons; six first place blue ribbons (Science, Language and Literature, Art, Music, Economics, Social Science) and a third place white ribbon (Math). His highest score was an incredible 980 points out of a possible 1,000 on the Social Science test.

Junior honors teammate Sean O’Dowd nearly broke the 8,000 point mark and is the team’s overall second highest scorer. Sean brought home all three colors of individual ribbons; blue (Interview), red (Economics), and white (Music).

Junior honors Levi Keen earned a white ribbon in Art and was the overall fourth highest scoring member on the team.

The Wilmot scholastics were led by senior Grady Duffy, who personally collected five ribbons; four red (Art, Music, Social Science, Math) and one white (Language and Literature).

Sophomore scholastic Iain McCutchan followed up with another five ribbons, all blue (Science, Language and Literature-a tie with Cooper, Art, Music, Social Science).

Junior scholastic Barbara Cooper grabbed two ribbons, a blue (Language and Literature-a tie with McCutchan), and a white (Art).

Senior Austin Adam led the way for the Panthers in the varsity division and was Wilmot’s third leading scorer at the event. Austin collected a team high eight ribbons; six blue (Language and Literature, Art, Music, Economics, Social Science, Speech), one red (Science), and one white (Math).

Senior varsity Ambriel Siggeman earned seven ribbons; three blue (Science, Language and Literature, Interview), three red (Art, Music, Social Science), and one white (Economics). Ambriel scored a perfect 1,000 on her Interview.

Senior varsity April Hedberg rounded out the roster for the second place Panthers.

Three Wilmot Decathletes made the all-regional team, for which each decathlete received an overall ribbon.  Additionally those who finished first in their respective grade point category received an individual star-shaped trophy. Wilmot decathletes took home two of the three trophies, Wolff in the honors division and Adam in the varsity division.  Siggeman took second overall amongst varsities.

All team members also received overall second place ribbons and for the school a second place team trophy.

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