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Wisconsin’s teams entered semifinals energized and ready to win. In the novice division, our A team held a lead throughout the round but was sadly defeated on the final question to narrowly miss qualifying for finals. The intermediate A team steamrolled its opponents to easily qualify for finals, and the B team performed well but suffered a loss. The advanced A team, playing against the same BLS team which had defeated them 215 to 70 in the third preliminary round, had an incredible performance (including six tossups from Adam Abuhajir) and emerged from the round victorious.

After a quick trip to Shake Shack, BA”s intermediate and advanced teams were ready for finals. In a gripping round against Boston Latin School and the Thomas Jefferson High School for

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Science and Technology, intermediate Certaminators Noah Abuhajir, Niels Armbruster, Kyle Jain, and Ali Warriach took third place. In advanced, Adam Abuhajir, Margot Armbruster, Nick Chang, and Vibhusha Kolli defeated Thomas Jefferson but fell to Boston Latin School to earn second place.

Brookfield Academy is grateful for the opportunity to participate in this invitational and to meet teams from across the country. We’d like to thank the organizers, especially leader Michael Kearney, former Wisconsin Certamen player and MUHS alumnus, for their work making this competition an event to remember. We look forward to Certamen at state convention and encourage other Wisconsin teams to join us at future invitationals!

At left: BA Advanced A team members (left to right) Margot Armbruster, Vibhu Kolli, Adam Abuhajir, and Nick Chang pose with their second-place medals after the Yale Certamen finals. Photo by Alisha Khosla.

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