Trio of High School Academic Competitions Chose the Waterpark Capital for Their State Finals
The nation's vacationing public knows Wisconsin Dells as "The Waterpark Capital of the World!®", but it turns out this resort community famous for waterslides and scenic tours of the Wisconsin River is also a preferred spot for brain-iacs. In recent years, the Dells has played host to three state-level academic competitions. Not so strange, really, when you consider we're home to arguably the state's largest concentration of entrepreneurs, with more than 90% of the businesses, including the massive waterpark resorts and indoor amusement parks, owned by locals.
The first competition was the 2010 Wisconsin Academic Decathlon finals held at Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness, with 20 Wisconsin high school teams competing for high scores on oral and written exams covering art, economics, literature, math, music and science. The winning team advanced to the national competition in Omaha, Neb. The highlight of this competition was the "Jeopardy"-style Super Quiz Relay, which was open to the public.
Next in town that same year was the state high school competition for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), with some 2,000 members and advisors descending on Chula Vista Resort for two days of competition. Among the goals for FBLA participation are to develop business leadership and create understanding of the American business enterprise. Competition categories ranged from business ethics to entrepreneurship to e-business, with the winners making the trip to nationals in Nashville, Tenn.
Third in line was the Wisconsin Future Problem Solvers State Bowl, held at the Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center. Future Problem Solvers engages high school students in creative problem solving, encouraging them to develop a vision for the future. This particular competition even culminates with an international event.
Wisconsin Dells is one of the country's most popular vacation destinations, and also regularly makes headlines as a hot spot for youth sports tournaments and meetings and conventions.