By John Warren
Ryan Ramlow, who
attends the Berean Fellowship and the United Church of God in Waukesha,
Wis., took first-place individual honors in the Academic Decathlon
in Phoenix, Ariz.
Mr. Ramlow, a
17-year-old junior at Waukesha West High School, took five gold
medals and two silver in competition April 11-12 with students from
55 schools in 38 states.
is a 10-event scholastic competition that began in Orange County,
Calif., in 1981 and is recognized as the most prestigious high-school
academic-team competition in America.
Mr. Ramlow, son
of Dennis and Terry Ramlow of Waukesha, returned home from Arizona
as a much-decorated individual winner and part of a championship
team of nine students from the same school.
also took first place as rookie school of the year and first place
in the division for schools with fewer than 1,500 students.
team was also the No. 1 school in the nation in overall decathlon
up our spring break," he said. "I took it seriously. I
spent 14-hour days for the past two or three months in preparation."
awarded a total of five personal gold medals and two personal silver
medals for varsity," Mr. Ryan's mother told THE JOURNAL. "He
won medals in music, economics, math, language-literature and science.
He scored gold for best in varsity for the nation. The stunning
part is that Ryan also scored more points than any other student
there, taking first overall in the nation. He scored a total of
8,678 personal points in the 10 events."
"I had the
top score in the nation as well as individual medals, which resulted
in a $500 scholarship for the best score for a team and a $1,000
award for best overall Varsity scorer," Ryan Ramlow said.
The Waukesha West
team including Mr. Ramlow received its awards at a banquet April
13 in Phoenix for the 495 student contestants.
"We are beyond
thrilled, excited, elated and drained," Mrs. Ramlow said. "I
had prayed daily that God would bless and reward Ryan's hard work
end of the evening, while rushing repeatedly down to the front to
take pictures when his name was called like every other proud parent,
I thought I was going to hyperventilate."
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