Wheatland students win national honors

Courtesy/ Record-Times Academic Decathlon. Back row from left: Wyoming State AD director, Elissa Ruckle, Cali Moody, Matthew Wilhelm, Elyse Rutherford, Calysta Bascus, Coach Elizabeth Scicluna, Quinn Lawrence. Kneeling from left: Elizabeth Crowley, Paige McClaugherty, Noah Crowley.

For the Record-Times

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Wheatland High School Academic Decathlon team traveled to their national competition in Bloomington, Minn. last week.  
The team competed in eight events in Minnesota and two on-line events prior to the competition.
Three team members earned national honors.  Senior Noah Crowley earned a silver medal in his bracket for his essay over the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  Senior Matthew Wilhelm earned a silver medal in the interview category in his bracket. Junior Elizabeth Crowley earned a bronze medal in the speech portion of the competition.  Overall, the team placed seventh of 17 teams in their division. Matthew Wilhelm was selected by his team as the Most Valuable Team Member and received a $250 award for this honor.  Cali Moody was the top scorer for the Wyoming team, so she also received a $250 award.
​This year’s study was based on the 1960’s.  The ten areas of study include art, music, language and literature, math, economics, science, social science, speech and interview. In addition to being tested in these ten areas, students competed in a oral Superquiz in which students displayed their knowledge in a quiz over eight of the ten areas.  This game show style Superquiz was open to the public.  
​After the competition, students were invited to attend a dance featuring music from the 1960’s.  Professional dancers from the area taught students various dances of the 1950’s and 60’s such as the Twist, the Swim, and the Stroll. Moody and Wilhelm were selected as finalists in the Twist competition.


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