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March 15, 2008

Waukesha West makes it 7 straight

Amy Hetzner:

Waukesha West High School's Academic Decathlon team marched to a seventh straight state championship Tuesday, aided by veteran and new teammates as well as a seasoned coach.

The team won in a dominating fashion. Its overall score of 52,111 out of a possible 60,000 points set a state record. Nearly 10,000 points separated West from the second-place team from Sun Prairie High School.

"All our hard work has finally paid off," said West student David Haughney. "It's just an exhilarating feeling. It's awesome. It's mind-blowing."

The latest win sends the team to California for the national championships at the end of next month. Waiting for them is a team from Moorpark High School, a California school that West beat at the national event in 2002 and placed second behind the following year.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at March 15, 2008 12:00 AM
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