U.S. Academic Triathlon Team Wins at State Tournament

May 18th, 2018

​A team of five 6th graders from Annunciation School has won second place at the 2018 Minnesota U.S. Academic Triathlon State Tournament, held recently at Woodbury Middle School, Woodbury, MN. Johnny, William, Fletcher, Ozzie and Charlie were coached by Julie Steege, middle school math teacher.

During the Tournament, the team wrote, produced, and performed a skit with just 40 minutes to write and rehearse. The topic was “Monster in the House,” and students had to come up with a modern take on a classic story element. Students participated in a “Face-Off!,” a round of questions from history and math to literature and consumer issues; and rotated among three challenging “Mind Sprint”  problems, testing their verbal, critical, and creative problem-solving skills. The team has been practicing since last fall.

Nearly 175 teams, grades 5-8, participated in U.S. Academic Triathlon this year in Minnesota alone. U.S. Academic Triathlon (USAT) is an academic and creativity competition aimed at fostering divergent thinking and building teamwork skills. USAT is a charter member of the Synergy & Leadership Exchange. To learn more about USAT, visit www.usacademictriathlon.com.