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Meet our Team: Daniel Sheldon

  1. Daniel and Peggy at the 2015 Minnesota State Meet
    Daniel and Peggy at the 2015 Minnesota State Meet

    What gets you the most excited about starting a new US Academic Triathlon season?

Growing up with Academic Triathlon (my mother, Peggy Sheldon, is the founder), it is fun to see what the kids come up with as the solutions to the problems – it’s always very different every year. This year I’m excited to be part of the whole process as a formal staff member. I think it’s an excellent program to foster creativity in middle school kids.

  1. What creative things do you do in your spare time?

I’m a photographer, so I’m constantly thinking creatively to get the shot – and thinking outside the “lens” for creative perspectives. Additionally, I run a print shop, so I get to work with clients to design business cards, signs, and whatever printed materials they might need.

  1. What is your favorite USAT event and why?

I love trivia – I have a good mind for facts and details. Ask me nearly any sports statistic or sports history fact and I’ll come up with it. My memory is like an elephant’s – I never forget. Therefore, it has always been fun for me to come up with the content for Face-Off!, and I liked to help my team in this event when I was a student competing in USAT.

  1. What is your role in the program?

I am the Production Director, so it’s my job to make sure the Meet materials each team receives are done well. I value a high standard of production, so it is my goal to make sure the materials you receive are top notch.

  1. Who was your hero when you were in middle school?

Kirby Puckett – he stood for strong leadership and great teamwork. Plus, he was an amazing athlete.

Announcements, For Hosts and Facilitators

2015-2016 Season Dates

Mark your calendars!

Round Robin Competitions:

December 11, January 8, February 19

Schedules will be posted after Registration has closed.

Snow/Make up date: February 26

Regional Competition: March 18

State Competition: April 16

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Get Your Info for the State Meet

We have added a special page to this site with the information you need if you are participating in the State Meet on February 28. Congratulations to teams who qualified!

Visit the State 2015 Page.

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Meet 3 Reflection

Wow! This condensed season is just flying by. The Round Robin competitions are now over (unless you were one of those unfortunate districts caught in the January 9th inclement weather, that is) and we’d love to hear from you about this or any Meet so far this season.

Have you noticed any differences from last year to this year? Are the weekly articles on this blog helping you and your team? Did any of the events stand out to you? Do you have any pictures to share?

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Meet 2 Reflection

That’s two Round Robins down and only one to go! We’d love to hear from you about our second Meet of the season.

Did any students display a special or surprising talent? Did you get a kick out of any of challenges? Were there items on the Face-Off that even stumped the parents?

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