The New Richmond High School Academic Decathlon went to the UW-Barron County regional competition on Friday, Jan. 12, and came home with its record-tying sixth straight regional championship.
Academic Decathlon is an academic competition in which students study a specific topic, such as this year's topic, Africa. That topic is presented through the lens of seven different subject areas, including: the Literature of Africa, economics, African art, African music, the biology of disease (science), mathematics (Algebra-invented in north Africa), and social science of Africa. There are also three performance components, including: speech, interview and essay writing.
"It is a big time commitment of studying for the kids but in the end they learn a lot and compete," said coach Jarrod Hamdorf.
This year's team includes: Darrian Garrett, Katey Eickhoff, Teresa Tenner, Julia Miller, Kadie Steiner, Sophie Auvin, Joe Smallidge, Sydney Ames, Dan Peterson, Liam Hoban, Halle Hickman and David Postma.
The following is a synopsis of the team's finishes at UW-Barron County:
Literature: Eickhoff, First Honors; Garret, Second Honors; Tenner, Third Honors; Auvin, Third Scholastic; Peterson, First Varsity; Hoban, Second Varsity.
Music: Tenner, First Honors; Garret, Second Honors; Eickhoff, Third Honors; Peterson, Third Varsity.
Science: Eickhoff and Garret, Second Honors (tie); Tenner, Third Honors; Hoban, Second Varsity.
Art: Eickhoff and Tenner, Third Honors (tie); Auvin, Third Scholastic; Peterson and Hickman, Second Varsity; Hoban, Third Varsity
Math: Tenner, Third honors; Auvin, First Scholastic; Smallidge, Third Scholastic; Peterson, First Varsity.
Econ: Garret, First Honors; Steiner, Second Scholastic; Auvin, Third Scholastic; Peterson, Third Varsity.
Essay: Garret, First Honors; Tenner, Third Honors; Auvin, Third Scholastic; Peterson, First Varsity; Hoban, Second Varsity.
Speech: Eickhoff, Second Honors, Tenner, Third Honors.
Interview: Eickhoff, First Honors (top scorer in the state); Auvin, Third Scholastic; Peterson, Third Varsity.
Social Science: Garret, Second Honors; Tenner, First Honors; Peterson, First Varsity; Hoban, Second Varsity.
Honors — Garret First, Tenner Second, Eickhoff Third.
Scholastic — Auvin Third, Steiner Fifth, Smallidge Seventh
Varsity: Peterson First, Hoban Fourth, Hickman Ninth
"We are very proud of lots of things but we are most proud that everyone finished in the top 10, that isn't easy," Hamdorf said. "We are also very proud to maintain the excellence for as long as we have and I wish I could take the credit but I cannot. It is impossible for Amy (Almendinger) and I to teach them everything in a semester of practices. They have to come to us with an excellent foundation and that truly makes this a school award, so thanks and congratulations. On to state!"