Welcome to Wisconsin Academic Decathlon!
Meg Olejniczak Memorial Scholarship 2017
posted 12–21-16
In honor or Meg and her service to WIAD, family and friends have created
a $2500 scholarship to be presented at the State Awards Banquet
in Wisconsin Dells on March 3, 2017.
Active Team Members of the 2017 WIAD Regional Competition
are invited to apply for this scholarship. 
Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017.
Why Academic Decathlon?
“It’s not about demonstrating how good a student you already are,” writes Dr. Les Martisko, United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) Board Administrator, in his welcome letter on the USAD website.
“It’s about daring to push your limits, to master college-level material and to practice skills, like public speaking, that might be wholly new to you. It’s about the people you’ll meet along the way — the coaches who will mentor you, the competitors who will challenge you, and the teammates who will become your lifelong friends.”







2016-2017 Theme:  World War II

Novel – Transit by Anna Seghers


2016-2017 Competition Dates

Local Competition –  Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Regional Competition –  Friday, January 6, 2017

State Competition –  March 2 & 3, 2017

Super Quiz Relay – March 3, 2017

Relay is the only event open to the public — $4 admission
12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Sandstone Ballroom / Glacier Canyon Conference Center
Wilderness Resort – Wisconsin Dells 

National Competition –  April 20-22, 2017

Flashing Red BulletMadison, Wisconsin will host the 2017
United States Academic Decathlon® National Finals!

Flashing Red Bullet Volunteers Needed – National 2017 


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Meg Olejniczak.
Her valiant battle with pancreatic cancer has ended and she is now at peace.
Meg was the State Director from 1990-2001; her attention to detail, her passion and her dedication made our program top-notch — and a model for other states to follow.
Her leadership and organizational skills were second to none.
Meg never retired from WIAD (her baby) and continued to lend her expertise until her death. We are forever grateful for her service and her friendship.

From Alaska 2016, Wilmot welcomes Nationals 2017 to Madison!   http://www.tubechop.com/watch/7967077


Wilmot Union High School – 2016 National Champion

Flashing Red Bullet2016 National News Release

Flashing Red Bullet2016 National Online News Release posted 5-16-16

Wilmot Union High School – 2016 State Champion

State Results News Release 2016


More Info on State Page

Wilmot - State Champion 2



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Info on USAD’s Electronic Curriculum Downloads
and their Mobile Training Center

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WIAD on Wisconsin Public Radio with Kathleen Dunn


WIAD on Kathleen Dunn WPR Show – 20120213


WIAD is an outstanding non-profit extra-curricular program entering its 34th season of providing a rigorous curriculum and academic challenges to the public and private high school students of our state.

WIAD provides opportunities for students to experience the challenges of rigorous team and individual competition. It is designed to:

  • develop a greater respect for knowledge
  • promote inter-school academic competition
  • emphasize the need for increased communication skills
  • stimulate intellectual growth and achievement and development of team efforts

WIAD challenges students to push themselves beyond what they thought academically possible, motivating and recapturing their interest in academics.  The program rewards the heroes of the academic arena.  It encourages “C” students to excel beyond their current achievement
level  and teaches other students they have strengths they can contribute to the team.

This team concept creates a positive school image and academic role models, changes students’ attitudes and encourages public interest and awareness of outstanding programs in Wisconsin schools.  The best athlete may not end up in professional sports, but Academic Decathlon students continue to use their communication skills.

Why Academic Decathlon vs. STEM?  

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous



The Decathlon season consists of three levels of competition —

Local Competition – All nine team members take seven written tests in

  •  Art
  •  Economics
  •  Literature
  •  Mathematics
  •  Music
  •  Science / Social Science — combined

Regional Competition:  50 teams advance from Local Competition and will take seven written tests — in addition to essay writing and giving a prepared speech, impromptu speech and an interview in front of two judges.

State Competition:
20 teams advance from Regional Competition and will take the seven written tests (same as Local and Regional Competitions).  

In addition to essay writing, Decathletes will give a prepared and impromptu speech and an interview in front of two judges, as well as participate in the Super Quiz Relay.

Super Quiz Relay is the only event open to the public.


Flashing Red Bullet WIAD Program Video, Click here for more information

Flashing Red Bullet Click here for Program Information

Wisconsin Academic Decathlon Staff

  Molly Ritchie

  State Director

  524 Daisy Court

  Verona WI   53593

  Ph: (608) 845-3544

  Fax: (920) 492-5965


  Margie Marcks

  Competition Manager

  595 Baeten Road

  Green Bay WI   54304

  Ph: (920) 617-5617

  Fax: (920) 492-5965



The Wisconsin Academic Decathlon Program

is an equal opportunity organization.


National Organization, United States Academic Decathlon


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