CHS won the state championship in the fourth-year division and was runner-up
in the third-year division at the Japanese Olympiad of Indiana at Valparaiso
University on Saturday. This is the twelfth Japan Bowl/Japanese Olympiad
state championship for CHS.
The Japanese Olympiad of Indiana is an academic competition for second,
third and fourth-year students with categories including speaking, culture,
kanji (Chinese characters), proverbs, listening, history, and onomatopoeic
The CHS fourth-level team of Celian Mooradian, Ryan Gorman and Brandon Moore
defeated Bloomington North and Michigan City in the final round.
The team finished second the past two years and defeated Michigan City in a
tense tie breaker round. The other fourth-year team of Abi Lindstedt and
Ashley Irzyk finished sixth in the fourteen-team division.
The third-year team of Jessica Lohse, Brooke Kravitz and Grayson Wingate was
runner-up in the third-year division. The team lost to Connersville by one
question and defeated Bloomington North for second place. Donny Puent, Lajos
Gazdag and Kaz Zaranski finished fourth out of fourteen teams.
Addison Dempsey, Trika Laster and Jimmy Rogers narrowly missed the final
round, finishing fifth out of twenty teams. Molly Cannon and Jack Kurfman
took sixth place in the division.
Fifty teams from fourteen high schools competed in this year’s competition.
During the competition, team members had an opportunity to participate in
Japanese modern and traditional cultural activities, which included
traditional games, origami, movies, calligraphy, and other art projects.
Exchange student and assistant coach, Aiko Kawano, also accompanied the