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Twelve Warrior AcaDeca students attended the Jan. 20 Regional competition at Midland University (from left): Lucy Brooks, Haydin Krivanek, Julianne van 't Hul, Jackson Taylor, Cheyenne Moore, Jacob Martinal, Connor Grandgenett, Zoe Christenson, Adam Hayworth, Josh Luedtke, and Noah Polacek. As a team, Wahoo took 2nd place at the Regional, brought home 15 individual medals, and qualified for the 2018 Nebraska Academic State Finals!

Warrior Academic Decathlon: 2018 State Qualifers!

Wahoo takes runner-up at Regional and 4th at State (with 12 individual medals)

Congratulations to the following medal winners at the 2018 Academic Decathlon State Finals at Bellevue University:

    Team: 2nd place in Super Quiz (Social Studies)

    Kahleb Elliott: 3rd place in Essay Competition (Varsity)

    Connor Grandgenett: 3rd place in Hard Sciences, 3rd place in Humanities, 3rd place in Soft Sciences (Alternate Scholastic)

    Cheyenne Moore: 3rd place in Essay Competition, 3rd place in Mathematics (Scholastic)

    Noah Polacek: Wahoo's Top Scorer

    Julianne van 't Hul: 3rd place in Economics, 3rd place in Interview Competition, 2nd place in Mathematics, 3rd place in Music (Varsity)

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Warrior AcaDeca at the Feb. 16-17 State Competition at Bellevue University. Wahoo took 4th place at State, and brought home 12 individual medals!

Warrior Academic Decathlon: 2018 State Qualifers!
Wahoo takes runner-up at Regional, captures 15 individual medals & prepares for 6th State appearance in 8 years

As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti . . .

The WHS Academic Decathlon class has been studying all aspects of Africa (the 2017-2018 assigned topic) since the beginning of the school year.

The 2018 Nebraska Academic Decathlon Regional Competition was held on Saturday, January 20 on the campus of Midland University in Fremont, NE. Individually, the Warriors brought home 15 medals, and took 3rd place in the annual Super Quiz (oral team competition over the social studies curriculum)!

Congratulations to the following AcaDeca members who earned individual medals at this year's Regional:

    Regular Team:
    Noah Polacek (Honors)
        • Wahoo's Overall Top Scorer
        • SILVER Science
        • BRONZE Overall Performance (all competitors, all schools)

    Jackson Taylor (Honors)
        • BRONZE Language & Literature

    Cheyenne Moore (Scholastic)
        • GOLD Language & Literature
        • GOLD Mathematics
        • BRONZE Economics
        • BRONZE Overall Performance (all competitors, all schools)

    Julianne van 't Hul (Varsity)
        • BRONZE Language & Literature
        • BRONZE Mathematics
        • BRONZE Economics
        • BRONZE Science
        • SILVER Overall Performance (all competitors, all schools)

    Quiz Bowl Team (3rd Place): Lucy Brooks, Jacob Martinal, Cheyenne Moore, Noah Polacek, Jackson Taylor, and Julianne van 't Hul

    Alternate Team:
    Kahleb Elliott (Alt. Varsity)
        • BRONZE Music

    Haydin Krivanek (Alt. Varsity)
        • BRONZE Music

As a team, Wahoo finished in 2nd place in the regional competition, and placed 4th among all competing small and very small schools from across the state.

Wahoo's performance has qualified them for the 2018 Nebraska Academic Decathlon State Finals, which will be held February 16-17 on the campus of Bellevue University. At State, in addition to the seven academic areas, students will also compete in an essay competition, speech competition (prepared and impromptu), and a personal interview competition. This will be the Warriors' sixth State appearance, out of the eight years it has competed.

"These students worked very hard this year and amaze me with their intellectual abilities. I am very proud of them and their accomplishments so far this year," commented WHS Academic Decathlon Coach Weston Sieck.

For those not familiar with the Academic Decathlon, it is a national, ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. Each high school team consists of six students: two Honors students (“A” GPA), two Scholastic students (“B” GPA), and two Varsity students (“C” or below GPA). At State, teams are increased to three students per category.

The purpose of the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) is to develop and provide academic competitions, curriculum, and assessment to promote learning and academic excellence through teamwork among students of all achievement levels.

The 2017-2018 Academic Decathlon topic of study is Africa. Students have spent the school year studying the following:

• SCIENCE: The science topic is an introduction to the biology of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on diseases that have had a significant impact on Africa.

• LANGUAGE & LITERATURE: The literature curriculum includes critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature is the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

• ART: The art curriculum includes a section on art fundamentals and largely focuses on African art.

• MUSIC: The music curriculum provides an introduction to the music of Africa.

• SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum provides an introduction to the history of Africa, with an emphasis on West Africa.

• ECONOMICS: The economics curriculum covers fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics, and also includes a thematic section on African economic history and development.

• MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum covers general mathematics, geometry, and an introduction to differential calculus.

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Eighteen WHS students competed in the Dec. 2 Academic Decathlon scrimmage at Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue.
The Warriors came home with 6 individual medals, and a first place team finish in the Super Quiz Social Studies competition!

In preparation for the regional competition, the Warrior team participated in a scrimmage on Saturday, December 2 at Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue. The highlight of the day consisted of the Warrior Super Quiz team winning first place in the Social Studies competition, beating a very talented Mount Michael team by one question!

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The Warrior AcaDeca Super Quiz team took 1st place out of all small schools at the Dec. 2 Gross Scrimmage!
Top row (from left): Josh Luedtke, Jacob Martinal, Julianne van 't Hul, Cheyenne Moore. Front: Noah Polacek, Zoe Christenson.

In addition to their Super Quiz Gold, congratulations to the following students who also brought individual medals:

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Clockwise from top left

• Cheyenne Moore (Scholastic): GOLD in Music, SILVER in Economics

• Julianne van 't Hul (Varsity): SILVER in Music, SILVER in Economics

• Jackson Taylor (Novice): SILVER in Economics

• Noah Polacek (Honors): Wahoo's overall TOP SCORER

Congratulations Warrior AcaDeca on a great performance at the Gross Scrimmage and Regional competitions, and good luck at State!


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