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NPHS Academic Decathlon team advances to state level in March PDF Print E-mail


By Ella Baltus

For the second year in a row the Northland Pines High School (NPHS) Academic Decathlon team is heading to the state competition in March.

Academic Decathlon is a test of students’ knowledge of each year’s theme. This year the theme is Russia, and the team has been studying topics including early history to music and art of Russia.

The team has been working diligently, practicing twice a week since September.

Each team member has to take seven written tests, write an essay, and give an impromptu speech.


There are three levels of competition at the local level 60 teams advance, at the regional level 20 teams advance, and one school goes on from the state competition to the national event in Minnesota.

At each level the competition gets more and more brutal.  The difference between going to Nationals and returning home disappointed can be as minute as the wrong pronunciation of one of the thousands of Russian authors competitors are expected to know.

The team’s advisor is Alan Tulppo, a Social Science teacher at NPHS. Tulppo is very proud of the effort the team has put forth and has high hopes of their success at the State Competition.

Team veteran and captain Dan Finke, has been a leading force in the team’s success, having been a member of the Team since it first started at Pines when he was a sophomore.

For more information about Academic Decathlon or attending the state competition, visit


Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:10 PM
Last Updated on Friday, February 22, 2013 7:06 PM

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