ON-Lion Letter
Last month, the Wisconsin Academic Decathlon (WIAD) state champions from Wilmot Union High School placed first among the Division II teams at the 2016 United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) national competition, in addition to winning the national Division II Super Quiz event.  This year’s national contest drew high-school teams from 32 states, as well as teams from China, England, and Canada.

The mission of both WIAD and USAD is to promote learning and academic excellence among high-school students of varying achievement levels by allowing them to compete in multi-disciplinary academic contests.  These contests give participants an opportunity to experience the challenges of rigorous team and individual competition, in addition to preparing them for success in college and beyond. 

Each high-school team includes nine members:  three "A" students, three "B" students, and three "C or below" students.  Decathletes must pass exams in art, economics, literature, math, music, science, and social science, in addition to solving multiple-choice challenges in front of a live audience.  They must also demonstrate excellence in public speaking, interviewing, and essay-writing. 

After winning competitions at the local, regional, and state levels, WIAD's team from Wilmot Union competed in the national contest held in Alaska in April, receiving an overall score of 47,604.7.  This was Wilmot Union's second consecutive victory as Division II champions.  They placed 6th overall in the national contest.  The coaches of the Wilmot team are Don Serkowski and Kaitlyn Keleher.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports WIAD.

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