Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Team overcomes rough start to the season to win division championship at nationals.
The Waukesha West High School Academic Decathlon team placed first in its division and fourth overall at the United States Academic Decathlon held in Albuquerque, NM last week. Academic Decathlon Coach Susan Otto said they felt “pretty good” about the results, especially considering that at one point the team was not thought to win state, which they did, earning a spot at the national competition. It is the 11th year in a row that West’s academic decathlon team advanced to the national competition. While West usually does well at the nation competition, this year's season began with an unexpected second-place finish at the regional competition in January, leading to uncertainty going into the state competition in March. The Academic …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
West takes second at regional competion. South takes fourth.
Two Waukesha high school academic decathlon teams will be advancing to the state competition based on results from last Friday’s regional competition at the GE Healthcare Institute in Pewaukee. Long-dominant Waukesha West took second at the regional competition, edged out by New Berlin Eisenhower in first place, and Waukesha South took fourth, with Menomonee Falls taking third. Waukesha North placed eighth out of 12 teams. “The students did a very respectable job,” West Academic Decathlon Coach Susan Otto said. However, the team was disappointed not to take first place. It is first time West hasn’t won their regional competition since becoming a winning team but Eisenhower proved to be strong competitors. “We have been leading the state …
Monday, May 9, 2011
Dinner is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday in Waukesha West cafeteria
Looking for a place to go to dinner tonight? The fifth annual Messmer/Waukesha West spaghetti dinner is being held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the Waukesha West High School cafeteria. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under. Messmer High School fundraises for the ingredients and cooks the dinner at Waukesha West to support the Waukesha West High School academic decathlon team, which recently placed third in national competition behind California and Texas, winning its ninth Division II national title, according to an e-mail from the academic decathlon adviser Duane Stein.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Students showcased their speeches that they are taking to nationals.
The Waukesha West High School academic decathalon students, who are preparing to head to the national competition for the 10th consecutive year, gave a special showcase of speeches they prepared for the decathalon on Wednesday. The audience included parents of current decathletes, parents of past decathletes and a few past decathletes themselves. Each of the nine students presented both their prepared speeches as well as impromptu two-minute speeches based on audience questions. Waukesha West earned the state title and will be competing in Charlotte, NC, April 27-30. In 2002, when they first competed, they won the national title, which "shocked the nation," said their coach, Duane Stein. It was the first time that either California or …