The Wilmot Academic Decathlon team took 2nd in state among Division 2 schools in the 29th annual State Competition. It was Wilmot’s 8th consecutive appearance in the state finals.

The team’s biggest highlight was placing 3rd overall in the Super Quiz event which covered the History of Imperialism. The team also tied for third place in the live Super Quiz event with state champion Waukesha
West. Wilmot’s fans were awesome and had included among them the Wisconsin State champion Pentathlon team from Riverview (coached by Mrs. Stacy Evans). There were 20 total teams at the state competition.

The team was led by senior Erik Barron with 6,915.6 points earning him a $200 cash scholarship for his efforts. Erik was among the few decathletes outside of Waukesha West and New Berlin Eisenhower to win a gold medal in his Division. Erik placed 1st on the Language and Literature test in the Scholastic “B” Division. Erik also won two 3rd place medals for his knowledge of Imperialist History, one for his test
score and one for his Essay which scored 902 out of 1,000. Erik leaves Wilmot as our 6th highest scorer at state in the Scholastic Division and his positive attitude and encouraging nature will be greatly missed!

Sophomore Carter Dybing was also able to win a gold medal in his Division, Varsity “C”, for his test score on Imperialist History (800/1000). Carter also took home a 3rd place medal in Art. Carter, under considerable pressure, answered 4 out of 5 questions correctly at the live Super Quiz event.

Junior Kelly Senter repeated as the 3rd place finisher in Art in the Scholastic Division for the 2nd straight year. Kelly was also recognized on stage for her state-leading Art score at Regionals and given a plethora of college scholarships to choose from for her post-secondary education.

Sophomore Abbey Chappell was the team’s 2nd leading scorer and did really well in the subjective events, scoring 2,590 out of 3,000 points in Essay, Speech, and Interview combined. Abbey competed in the Honors “A” division.

Sophomore Arie Deeter came close to medaling on the Music test placing 4th in the Honors Division. Arie scored 820 out of 1,000 points on the test, good enough for the highest score on the team on any of the given seven tests.

Junior McKenzie Eiland placed 5th overall on the History Test in the Varsity Division, not bad considering she only joined the team after the Regional competition back in January.

Sophomore Caitlin Griffin led all Wilmot Honors Division team members at the live Super Quiz event answering 4 out of 5 tough questions in front of 1,000 people inside the ballroom. She’ll tell you she should have answered all 5 correctly, but we were very pleased with the 4!

Senior Vanessa Howell, also a later addition to the team, was Wilmot’s 2nd overall Varsity Division scorer, helping secure Wilmot’s 2nd place finish in Division 2.

Junior Nick Decaro’s Music score counted toward what will most likely be verified as the team’s 3rd place finish in Music. He also tied for 3rd best score on the team in Interview, improving over 230 points from last year.

Coach Serkowski was recognized on stage and given a framed certificate for his 10 years of coaching Academic Decathlon.

Team Photo
Front Row: Kelly Senter, Abbey Chappell, Vanessa Howell, Caitlin Griffin
Back Row: Arie Deeter, McKenzie Eiland, Erik Barron, Carter Dybing, Nick DeCaro