Welcome to
Wisconsin Academic Decathlon!
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.”


Flashing Red Bullet State News Release 2018 Flashing Red Bullet

Wilmot Union — State Champion 5th year in a row!


2018-19 theme:  the 1960s

Play: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
by Tom Stoppard



2018-2019 Wisconsin Competition Dates

Local Competition –  Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Regional Competition –  Friday, January 11, 2019

State Competition –  March 7 & 8, 2019 – Wisconsin Dells

National Competition –  April 25-27, 2019  – Bloomington, MN


Click here to view media pictures taken at National Competition.

Flashing Red Bullet State News Release 2018 Flashing Red Bullet

Wilmot Union — State Champion 5th year in a row!

Meg Olejniczak Memorial Scholarship 2017

After a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer,
Meg Olejniczak passed away on May 25, 2016.

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.
In honor or Meg and her service to WIAD, family and friends created a $2500 scholarship to be presented at the State Awards Banquet in Wisconsin Dells on March 3, 2017.
The Review Committee was very impressed with the breadth of essays received, as well as the character of those who applied for the scholarship.  While all applicants were deserving in their own right, the Review Committee felt one applicant best exemplified Meg’s character and values. 
The scholarship was awarded to Ms. Ingrid Hansen of Southwest H S,  Green Bay.
Congratulations, Ingrid!








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WIAD on Kathleen Dunn WPR Show – 20120213


WIAD is an outstanding non-profit extra-curricular program entering its 35th 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 

Regional Competition:  50 teams advance from Local Competition. At this level the students again take the seven written tests and also write an essay, give a prepared speech, give an impromptu speech, and are interviewed in front of two judges.

State Competition20 teams advance from Regional Competition. At this level the students again take the seven written tests (same as Local and Regional Competitions). They also write an essay again and give the prepared speech and impromptu speech and are interviewed in front of two judges. And here, only, they participate in the Super Quiz Relay.

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


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Wisconsin Academic Decathlon

               Janelle Bailey, State Director

                       595 Baeten Road

                       Green Bay, WI 54304

                       Ph: 920.617.5617

                       Fax: 920.492-5965

                       Email: jbailey@cesa7.org


The Wisconsin Academic Decathlon Program

is an equal opportunity organization.


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