LCWM Academic Decathlon Team Showcased at MSBA State Conference

LCWM Academic Decathlon Team Showcased at MSBA State Conference
By: Billy James
The Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Academic Decathlon® program was featured at the Minnesota School Boards Association’s annual Leadership Conference on Thursday, January 16, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The team was part of the conference’s School Excellence Showcase event, which highlights some of the state’s most unique and outstanding programs in education. Coach Billy James and students Sophie Begnaud, Jack Richards, Landon Lantz, Gunner McLeod, Carter Swanson, and Grace Truebenbach took part in the event.
Academic Decathlon is the premier scholastic competition in the United States. Student compete in three divisions based upon their grade point average. Students take seven written exams in art, economics, literature, math, music, science, and social science. Students also perform a prepared and an impromptu speech, write an essay, and participate in an interview. The curriculum topic changes each year, and this year’s topic is “In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness”. The LCWM Academic Decathlon team has won 13 Minnesota state championships and participated in 14 national competitions. Students have won numerous individual regional, state, and national medals.
MSBA’s annual Leadership Conference draws nearly 2,000 school board members, school administrators, and others. The School Excellence Showcase is an opportunity for conference attendees to learn more about innovative programs from across the state. There were 17 programs featured in this year’s School Excellence Showcase.
“The School Excellence Showcase is one of the highlights of the conference. School leaders can see innovative ideas from other districts, and they can talk to students and staff who have been involved with the programs. This is a great way for school leaders and educators to learn from each other and share their success stories,” said Katie Klanderud, MSBA Board Development Director.
MSBA Conference Attendees
Left to right: Tony Jacobs and Kent Thiesse (LCWM school board), Karissa Hall (assistant to the superintendent), Tom Farrell (LCWM superintendent), Grace Truebenbach, Landon Lantz, Sophie Begnaud, Carter Swanson, Jack Richards (LCWM decathletes), Erin Berle (LCWM school board), Gunner McLeod (LCWM decathlete), Linda Leiding and Ryan Jones (LCWM school board), Billy James (LCWM Acadec coach), Jill Antony (LCWM school board)