NEW BERLIN — Teams from New Berlin Eisenhower and West high schools swept first and second places in the state academic decathlon competition held recently and came home with gold, silver and bronze medals.
Eisenhower captured first place in division 2 and New Berlin West in its first academic decathlon competition in 17 years, took second.
The 2017 competition centered on the curricular theme of World War II, with students tested in art, mathematics, music, literature, economics, science and social science
The students spent the year studying in all those areas. They also had to give a prepared speech, an impromptu speech, write essays and be interviewed by the judges.
The two-day competition concluded with the students participating in the Super Quiz Relay. The Jeopardy-style quiz took place before a live audience of more than 400. New Berlin West took third in the competition that included teams in all four divisions.
New Berlin Eisenhower had the high team score for mathematics. The team consisted of William Huang, Samir Hussain , Kyle Dorshorst, Grace DeRome, Moira Arcuri, Soumika Gaddameedi, Audra Smith, John Stelter, and Victoria Fredrickson. The coaches were Michael Schroeder, Laura Ramthun and Dia Hagerty.
Six team members, William Huang, Samir Hussain , Kyle Dorshorst, Grace DeRome, Audra Smith, and John Stelter, earned a total of four gold, six silver and six bronze medals.
Also, William Huang was one of three named State Scholars.
New Berlin West placed second with the team high score for interview and scoring third in the Super Quiz. The competing team of Brynn Flanders, Alexander Underwood, Teresa Wan, Rebecca Martin, Rebecca Reif, Riley McLeod, Aaron Hachmeister, Mitchell Hewitt and Tyler Sidders was coached by Nicole Thompson and Lori Seitz.
Three team members, Rebecca Reif, Alexander Underwood and Aaron Hachmeister, earned a total of two gold and two bronze individual medals.
The state champion was the team from Wilmot, a community in southwestern Kenosha County. It was the fourth time the Wilmot Union High School team won overall.