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Academic Decathlon Keeps Momentum Going

Posted in: Academics, Student Recognition by T. Wetzel

IMG_0965Not resting on their laurels, or shall we say leis that they earned last year in Honolulu in the school’s first trip to nationals, the Wilmot Academic Decathlon team finds itself in unfamiliar territory. The Panthers are in first place in the state after the local level competition, they’ve placed second before, twice, but never in first after locals.  Not only are they in first, they are substantially ahead of the 2nd place team from New Richmond.  Wilmot posted a score of 21,925 points, which is  2,999 points ahead of the New Richmond team and over 2,000 points higher than Wilmot’s score at locals last year. Wilmot did this despite losing 2/3rds of last year’s scoring members from their second place finishing team at Nationals to graduation.

The Panthers are being led by junior Carlie Banchi in the honors division with 4,694 points out of a possible 6,000.  Carlie’s total is the highest in Wilmot history.  Close behind is another junior Carl Simmons who posted the school’s second highest all-time tally with 4,491 points.

In the scholastic division senior Johny Weber put up 4,126 points, tops for all Wilmot scholastics past and present.  Junior Joey Burba added an impressive 3,817 points in the same division.

The nine member team is rounded out by juniors Angela Schumacher, Alyssa Gregory, Althea Disse, Mason Nindl, and Claudia Baker.  Alternates include junior Ashley Dabbs and sophomores Alexa Lewis and Kyle Kostrova.

The Wilmot decathletes will now advance to regionals held at UW-Whitewater on January 9thwhere they hope to win their 5th straight regional title, propelling them to the state competition in March at the Wisconsin Dells. Winning a 2nd consecutive state title would earn the Panthers another trip to Nationals to be held this year in Garden Grove, CA., a suburb of L.A. and just miles away from Disneyland.

[Submitted by Advisor: Mr. Serkowski]

HOSA Goes to Nationals

Posted in: Student Recognition by T. Wetzel

Six Wilmot HOSA members attended the National HOSA Conference June 24 -28. Congratulations to Connor Nopenz for placing in the top 10 in the nation in Job Seeking Skills.  Madi DaMask made it to the second round in Healthy Lifestyles. Also Angela Nevoso,  Maddie Skalecki, and Alyssa Gregory worked hard in their individual events. Lauren Camacho represented Wisconsin as a voting delegate and State Historian. For pictures and info follow us on Twitter and Facebook,  @WilmotHOSA.

[Submitted by advisor: Mrs. Lena Joch]

Colin Deady, Senior, Attends Business World at Edgewood College in Madison

Posted in: Student Recognition by T. Wetzel

Wisconsin Business World is a program for high school students from across Wisconsin. The students learn real-world business experiences and gain an understanding of the importance of the free enterprise system.

Colin’s team won 1st place for Most Realistic Idea/Product, 1st place in the Business Simulation, and Best Team Presentation. Colin said that it was an overall great experience and he hopes that other Wilmot students apply for the program next year.  Congratulations Colin!  For more information about Business World please see https://www.wmc.org/programs/business-world/summer-program/studentprogram/, Wisconsin Business World on Facebook or contact Cheryl Kothe at kothec@wilmoths.k12.wi.us.

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Wilmot takes first and second at 26th Geography Bowl

Posted in: Activities, Student Recognition by T. Wetzel

Sixteen teams from six high schools in Kenosha and Racine counties participated in the event held at UW-Parkside and coordinated by Geography Dept. chair Dr. Richard Walasek. In the morning, a round robin tournament pitted every team from each school against each other regardless of grade level for 7-minute matches. Afterwards, the two sophomore teams and the two junior teams compiling the best records went on to face each other in two separate championships held in the afternoon.


Geography Bowl Team

A team from Wilmot won the sophomore Geography Bowl championship posting a 15-1 record, the best of any team at the competition. The Panthers exhibited incredible geographic knowledge and speed on the buzzers in the jeopardy-style competition. Throughout the day the four-member team displayed tremendous scoring balance which carried over to the championship match with each Panther answering at least one toss up question during the extended 10-minute round. They handily defeated the sophomore team from Racine Case 180 to 90. Captain Angela Shumacher, Joey Burba, Carlie Banchi, and Carl Simmons received blue ribbons, 2014 road atlases, and a 1st place team trophy for their efforts.

A junior team consisting of Lauren McCluskey and Johny Weber compiled an 11-4 record during round robin play and also advanced to the afternoon finals. The duo lost a close match, as were all of their losses, to the juniors of Union Grove (14-2) 160 to 140 in the championship match. They earned red ribbons, road atlases, and a 2nd place team trophy. This marked the sixth straight year that teams from Wilmot competed for the title in both championships and the sixth year in a row Wilmot has won at least one of the two championships.

Ashley Kammer, Faith Graf, Alexys Edwards, and Alyssa Gregory, a second Wilmot mixed junior team, finished 9-6 during round robin play. In total, teams from Wilmot were 35-12 in all matches on the day.

Westosha Cental, Racine Park, and The Prairie School were the other three high schools at Geography Bowl.

[Submitted by Advisor, Mr. Serkowski]

Wilmot Culinary Students Help Out at the National Restaurant Show

Posted in: Student Recognition by T. Wetzel


On Saturday, May 17th, four of Wilmot’s culinary students had the opportunity to assist celebrity chefs during the World Culinary Showcase at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago. These students included seniors Drew Stanton and Julian Gonzalez, and sophomores Lauren Brendel and Jessica Hemmi. Students worked backstage preparing ingredients for the chefs’ demos and acted as runners on set if the chefs needed something from the back. Between segments, these students were also responsible for clearing the stage and resetting for the next chef’s demo. Throughout the day, students “rubbed elbows” with culinary celebrities, including Restaurant: Impossible star Robert Irvine, Chopped judge Maneet Chauhan, Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, and America’s youngest 4 star chef and Masterchef judge, Graham Elliot. By participating in this event, students gained experience and advice that will help them in their future culinary endeavors.

[Submitted by Advisor, Mrs. Oehmichen]

Academic Decathlon take 2nd in Nation!

Posted in: Student Recognition by T. Wetzel
Wilmot's AcaDec proudly holding the 2nd Place banner.

Wilmot’s AcaDec proudly holding the 2nd Place banner.

In March of 2013 the USAD posted that the First World War was the theme of this year’s academic decathlon curriculum, we got the materials in May.  After realizing that our team was achieving many school firsts early on in the year and that the team wanted to add as many firsts as possible throughout this year’s campaign, we needed our own theme.  Playing with the WWI initials and altering them to be Wilmot Wins 1st… became our mantra. It started with Katie O’Brien becoming the first decathlete from Wilmot to lead the state in scoring after locals in November. That was the spark.  Next the team began to set goals for the firsts they wanted to achieve, almost all, and some they never dreamed of, materialized along the way.

They won the regional at UW-Whitewater in January, the first 4-peat in school history.  Two decathletes finishedfirst overall in their divisions; O’Brien in honors and Johny Weber in Scholastic. After regionals, the team found that it had cut Waukesha West’s first place lead down to a measly 116 points out of 60,000.  More goals followed: win the school’s first state championship and advance to its first national competition. To achieve this, other incremental firsts would need to be met.  The team would have to win its first back-to-back Super Quiz Relay. Mission accomplished, West didn’t even place.

To become the school’s first back-to-back overall Varsity state champ, Savannah Rivers would need to avenge a previous regional loss.  She did, and received a direct scholarship to Carroll College for $10,000 a year for four years. Katie O’Brien would need to reclaim her number 1 status after losing it after regionals, she did and Wilmot had its first decathlete with over 8,000 points and its first state scoring champion ever. But even more would be needed for the team to win its first title.

Front: Althea Disse, Katie O'Brien, Lauren McCluskey, Carlie Banchi, Carl Simmons Back: Johny Weber, Savannah Rivers, Neil Driscoll, Carter Dybing, Arie Deeter

Front: Althea Disse, Katie O’Brien, Lauren McCluskey, Carlie Banchi, Carl Simmons
Back: Johny Weber, Savannah Rivers, Neil Driscoll, Carter Dybing, Arie Deeter

In steps scholastic Arie Deeter with our school’s first perfect score of 1,000 at state in her interview, and a gold medal to boot on her speech, a major improvement from regionals. Neil Driscoll added the 1st place gold in Social Science in the Scholastic division.  It would take even more. Lauren McCluskey rounded out Wilmot’sfirst ever multi-member all-state team by placing 3rd in the entire state in scoring, joining O’Brien and Rivers. Very close behind her was Carlie Banchi, right there if needed. The team broke 41,000 points the first time in school history. First state championship and first trip to Nationals, in Hawaii…a first visit for everyone Read more…

WUHS Wins Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl State Championship

Posted in: Student Recognition by T. Wetzel

Two teams from Wilmot high school competed a the 5th annual FICB state championship held at Manpower Group Building in Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 30th.  Each team qualified for state by finishing first and second at the Regional last December at the Racine Gateway campus. The competition is organized by Asset Builders of America with assistance from volunteers from several prominent financial institutions.

The team of Tara Steffen, Savannah Rivers, and Johny Weber won their first two matches and advanced to the elite eight before being defeated by the team from Rhinelander.

The championship team consisting of Caitlin Griffin, Bradley Jackson, Becca Krenz, and Kayla Bouma earned a first round bye after putting up the second highest score in the seeding round that began the single elimination jeopardy-style tournament.  They then won three straight matches against Marshfield, Menominee Falls, and top seeded Neenah to take home the traveling trophy and $40 cash each.  The Panthers were lead by the fast buzzing Caitlin Griffin in her fourth and final year of FICB. The senior, fittingly wearing golden shoes, totally dominated the event with lighting fast reflexes and flawless responses during the 30-question multi-tiered match. After winning the event Griffin responded, “After four years of qualifying for state it was rad to finally bring the trophy home. This competition helped me choose what I want to do with my life; be the first female CEO of Goldman Sachs.” Coach Don Serkowski added, “this was the first time a female really took over the competition, so if anybody can do it Caitlin can.”

This is the 2nd state championship for Wilmot.  The Panthers won the very first FICB state competition in 2010.

[Submitted by Advisor Mr. Serkowski]