Decathletes Shred Through the Competition

Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-News Editor

This past weekend, the Trumbull High School Academic Decathlon team traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to participate in the national competition for the second year straight. Over the course of four days, club members were tested on a variety of scholastic skills and subjects in a culmination of their year long study of World War II.

The club landed on Wednesday night, knowing that their biggest challenge of the year was just hours away from starting. Despite a majority of their agenda was taking exams, Junior Viraj Dongaonkar notes that the purpose of the competition exceeds just the testing room. “While one may say taking a bunch of test is not the most fun thing in the world, Academic Decathlon is much more than that”, said Dongaonkar. “I got to visit the beautiful city of Madison, WI and meet all sorts of new people.”

Yet the greatness of the trip did not stop there for the junior, as he would come home with the silver medal for his individual performance in the interview section. Commenting on his win, Dongaonkar recalled the moment he got the news. “I was in the van on the way to the Milwaukee airport when I found out that I had one a medal on the Interview competition. It was great to know that my hard work had paid off and that I was able to represent my school in this National competition.”

With the 2017 Nationals behind them, the team is set to look towards the future for their next run at Nationals. As Captain Daejah Woolery stated, “Next year the topic is a big one: Africa! We are all excited to explore the continent and we think we have a good chance at top ten next year.” For now though, all that is left to do is enjoy their highly successful 2016-2017 season.

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