Program Information


 A Contest of Academic
Strength Through Teamwork

Invitation Memo 2017

Coaches’ Workshop — Friday, September 15, 2017 — Green Bay, WI

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2017-2018 Competition Dates

Local Competition – Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Regional Competition – Friday, January 12, 2018

State Competition –  Thursday & Friday, March 8-9, 2018

National Competition – April 19-21, 2018 – Frisco, Texas 


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United States Academic Decathlon®

Parents & Students

Schools & Teachers



 What is WIAD?

Wisconsin Academic Decathlon (WIAD) is a statewide scholastic competition which advocates greater respect for knowledge and promotes academic excellence among students, schools and communities.


Ninth through twelfth-grade students in public and private high schools compete as individuals and team members in a series of ten academic tests and demonstrations. 

The Decathlon’s unique format includes students with A, B and C grade-point averages . The competition is an all-around academic event, not for the “elite” students only.

Wisconsin Academic Decathlon is an equal opportunity organization. 

 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.”


The Plan

Wisconsin holds three levels of competition each year.

At Local Competition in November, any interested high school may enter a team(s). 

Fifty (50) schools are selected statewide based upon the local results to advance to Regional Competition in January; from Regional, 20 schools earn the right to compete at the State Competition in March.

The overall state champion represents Wisconsin at the National Competition held in April of each year.  



Partners in Education — Building Skills for the Future

Wisconsin Academic Decathlon is the best example of the educational community, the State, concerned parents and student scholars working together to gain academic recognition. 

WIAD is a non-profit organization sponsored 100% through corporate and private donations and team registration fees.  Deductible contributions to the WIAD Foundation, Inc. are exempt from federal income tax under Section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3). 

Help create the catalyst that changes students’ lives forever. 



Interested high schools must officially register and pay the entry fee per team for the Local Competition.   

This year’s theme is Africa.

Selected long work of literature:  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

Registration Information is mailed to all schools before the end of May.

2017-2018 Registration Form w-Policy  

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The grant provides the majority of study materials needed to start in the program.   

For additional information, contact Janelle Bailey, State Director.


Wisconsin Academic Decathlon Staff

                    Janelle Bailey, State Director
                             595 Baeten Rd.
                             Green Bay, WI 54304
                             Ph:  (920)617-5617
                             Fax: (920)492-5965


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