WHEATLAND - The Wheatland High School Academic Decathlon Team won the state competition, along with the Super Quiz competition. The team’s members are Cali Moody, Carlos Garcia, Elizabeth Crowley, Calysta Bascus (Freshman), Matt Wilhelm, Noah Crowley, and Christine Arbogast.
All team members won individual medals. Matthew Wilhelm was second in his bracket. He received a $300 scholarship to the college of his choice.
Christine Arbogast was the highest scorer in her bracket and won $500 to the college of her choice. Cali Moody was the overall high scorer for the team and second place in her division. She won $550 in scholarships to the college of her choice.
Academic Decathlon is the only annual high school academic competition. Each student has the chance to compete in ten different events. Every team member devotes a certain time to studying with the team and at home. They are able to practice skills that will help them in school and in life, such as public speaking, teamwork, leadership, and time management.
“The hardest part was reading all the guides and retaining all the information, especially in the Economics guide learning all the formulas and GDP’s.” said Sophomore Matthew Wilhelm. “My favorite part was redeeming ourselves from our narrow loss last year.”
For Wheatland High School senior Christine Arbogast, the hardest part of the competition is the wait to see who won the competition.
“You work so hard and you wait for your name to be called during awards, feeling like if it isn’t called you are letting your team down,” she said, but added that meeting other competitors from across the state is for her, the most rewarding aspect of the Decathlon.
The WHS Academic Decathlon team will travel to Madison, Wisconsin in April to complete the national competition.