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South Washington County Schools' students compete at U.S. Academic Triathlon State Tournament

South Washington County Schools' students compete at U.S. Academic Triathlon State Tournament
Posted on 05/17/2018

Six teams from District 833 schools finished in the top 10 at the state tournament for U.S. Academic Triathlon (USAT) which took place at Woodbury Middle School on May 12.

During the tournament, each team completed three events. The first event required teams to write, produce and perform a skit in 40 minutes. In the second event, students were asked a round of questions on topics ranging from history and literature to math and consumer issues. In the third event, students were tested on their verbal, critical and creative problem-solving skills through a series of oral and written questions. Each team has been practicing since last fall.

Below is the list of District 833 teams that finished in the top 10 for their sections:

Blue Meet/X030 Lake MS - 1st Place
Coached by Kevin Frankel
Team Members are:
Elissa Frankel
Eli Kobussen
Maria Kolb
Emily Lawrence
Marshall Tenti

Academic Triathlon

Green Meet/C020 Cottage Grove MS – 5th Place 
Coached by Jennifer Norgaard & Lisa Kaufenberg
Team Members are:
Camryn Bienfang (Oltman Middle School student)
Jenna Donlon
Macey Kaufenberg
Amber Norggard
Jamy Randrup

Academic Triathlon

Green Meet/C027 Liberty Ridge - 8th Place 
Coached by Sarah Aldrich, Julie Van Heyst, Michelle Plautz & Tracey Tracy
Team Members are:
Jack Aldrich
Elsie Calumpit
Ava Plautz
Emily Tracy
Katrien Van Heyst

Academic Triathlon

Peach Meet/C042 Woodbury MS – 3rd Place
Coached by Christine Wroblewski
Team Members are:
Vinnie Brott
Koen Gaede
Arman Mahmoodi
Nathan Mogck
Kirtheev Senthilkumar

 Academic Triathlon

Peach Meet/C016 Cottage Grove Elem – 8th Place 
Coached by Venu Maddukuri & Chrissy Murphy
Team Members are:
Leah Franson
Sahasra Maddukuri
Kathryn Murphy
Jayden Pinault
Teagan Thiesfeld

 Academic Triathlon

Yellow Meet/X031 Lake MS - 5th Place
Coached by Zainab Malik
Team Members are:
Saleha Ali
Manha Fathima
Emaan Malik
Dane Meuler
Brady Soenen

 Academic Triathlon

USAT is a creative thinking skills program and competition that teaches and rewards creative and divergent thought processes, cooperative brainstorming, general intellect and leadership. Nearly 175 teams, consisting of students in grades 5-8, participated in the USAT this year in Minnesota. USAT is a charter member of the Synergy & Leadership Exchange.