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Academic Decathlon places at State, makes school history

posted Apr 3, 2016, 1:52 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Kylie Coffin, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted March 11th, 2016

After school on Wednesday, March 2 Slinger High School’s Academic Decathlon team hit the road and headed to the Wilderness Resort in the Dells where the State competition was being held. Ac Dec members competed on March 3rd and 4th. The team made school history with their cumulative score of 41,590 points. This total was enough to earn Slinger third place in Division II and fifth place overall at State. The team produced several outstanding performances. Mike Bieser was chosen by the speech judges to present his speech at the banquet showcase, which is a special opportunity that not many competitors earn. During the SuperQuiz relay competition, Abigaile Wilger answered all five questions perfectly under high pressure and before a large crowd. Slinger was able to bring home six medals for top individual performances as well. Medals came from Mike Bieser who took second in Literature and first place in Speech, Abigaile Wilger in SuperQuiz, Julian took first in Essay, Jacob Richter took third in Science, and Andrew Hinz took second in Science. The topic of study for the 2015-2016 Academic Decathlon season was India. Members of the team studied and prepared for nearly half of the school year, and reaped the benefits of their efforts and dedication by wrapping up their season with a highly successful run at State. Seniors members for this season were Mike Bieser, Abigaile Wilger, Trent Mullenbach, Nikhil Pingle, Jacob Richter, Andrew Hinz, Heidi DeCaluwe, and Julian Blecking.