Chesterton High School hosted their annual Academic Competition Awards
Monday evening. All the academic groups were recognized for their
participation and coaches in each area reviewed the highlights of the year.
The Academic Decathlon team advanced to state and placed sixth in the large
school category. Members of the Academic Decathlon are: Jon Rensberger, Joe
Helminski, Eric Zhong, Amanda Erxleben, Logan Haussman, Brady Wade, Abigail
Brown, Taylor Deardurff. Their coach is Dale Hewitt.
Individual medal winners at state were Senior Jon Rensberger, Junior Brady
Wade and Sophomore Taylor Deardurff.
Senior Jon Rensberger, junior Brady Wade and freshman Logan Haussman were
honored as Duneland Academic Conference (DAC) All Stars for their
contributions to the Academic Decathlon.
The Academic Super Bowl team won the Porter County tournament at Purdue
North Central. At the Area competition, Science, Fine Arts and
Interdisciplinary took first places and Math took second place. The subject
of this year’s competition was Colonial and Revolutionary America.
Members of the Academic Super Bowl team are: Sean Miller, Jake Pruitt,
Mikaela Meyer, Jon Vincent, Lindsay Gorman, Jonah Pruitt, Joe Horn, Jocelyn
Lipscomb, Andrew Holba, Caroline Puntillo, Elaine Tagert, Maryssa Engstrom,
Ben Moy, Joe Pejril. Their coaches are Dale Hewitt, Anna Zervos, Jennifer
Killingbeck and Eileen Haggerty.
Seniors Jon Vincent and Sean Miller were honored as DAC All Stars for their
contributions to the Academic Super Bowl team.
The Science Olympiad team placed first (in class A) high school division at
the IUN Regional Competition. Every team member earned at least a medal.
At the State competition at IU the team placed 11th. Medal winners include:
Eric Dreischerf and Logan Krantz with first place in Gravity Vehicle and
fourth place in Robot Arm. Autumn Miller and Alex Hanson took fourth place
in Rocks and Minerals.
Team members are Eric Zhong, Matt Petrovich, Christopher Maatouk, Autumn
Miller, Alex Hanson, Addison Dempsay, Alex Hughes, Logan Krantz, Maryssa
Engstrom, Eric Dreischerf, Galen Wong, Sara Filipek, Matt Jones, Jon
Vincent, Dayna Gallo and Patrick Teall. Their coaches are Kim Stahura and
The Quiz Bowl Varsity team won the area competition and placed fifth at the
The Junior Varsity team was undefeated for the season winning both the area
competition and the DAC tournament.
Senior Jon Vincent was honored as a DAC All Star for his contributions to
Varsity team members are: Jake Pruitt, Jon Vincent, Sean Miller, Austin
Johnson, Eric Dreischerf and Sean Miller. Junior varsity team members are:
Mike Anderson, Jessica Cavallaris, Jackie Santos, Don Reinert, Soli Zaranski,
Drew Bazar, Danny Vincent and Kaz Zaranski. Their coach is Anna Zervos.
The Super Mileage Club created a fuel-efficient super gas mileage car that
the group took to Indianapolis to compete at the Indiana Math, Science, and
Technology Education Alliance (IMSTEA) Super Mileage Challenge. The race was
held at Lucas Oil Raceway Park, on a .686 mile oval track. The challenge had
30 schools participate, with 40 cars from all over Indiana. This was the
17th year for the competition, and the Chesterton High School team's car
averaged 363 miles per gallon, which garnered 5th place.
Team members of the Super Mileage Club are: Brandon Biddle, Nick Delaney,
Sarah Franiak, Aaron Coen, Sydney Kutz, Josh Luketich, Steve Norman, Kalvin
Ravn, Tim Trowbridge, Jacob Jackson, Taryn Trusty, Donald Dutcher, Alex
Panozzo, Taylor Hayman, Matt Murfitt, and Gabby Belcher. The team's faculty
advisors are Lance Nolting and Wayne Herlitz.
Chesterton High School had another successful season in their mathematics
competitions. In the MATH FAX competition CHS competed in various levels
with much success. The top three finishers for CHS in Algebra I were Eric
Noe in first place, Timothy Vincent in second place and Joel Peterson, Kara
Miecznikowski and Nathan Poczekay all tied for third place. This group
finished third in the state and fifth in the nation. In Geometry Christopher
Krause finished first at CHS as well as the division. Cory Moore, Josie
Tolin and Mary Miller all tied for 2nd at CHS as well as the division. This
group finished first in the state as well as fifth in the nation. In the
Algebra II division, Andrew Ralph won first place at CHS and second place in
the division, Antonio Kincaid was second in the school and third in the
division while Benjamin Moy and Joshua DeVries finished tied for third in
the school. This group finished second place in the state and fifth in the
nation. In the top class, Advanced Mathematics, Jacob Pruitt was the top
scorer, Matt Borowiak was second and Hannah McCafferty finished third in
route to a team finish of fourth in the division and eleventh nationally.
Other CHS mathematics competition winners include school winners Ben
Westergren in American Mathematics Competition level 10 and Joseph Pejril in
AMC 12. Autumn Miller was the school winner in yet another mathematics
competition called Trig Star conducted at CHS by the American Society of
Land Surveyors. Autumn wins a $100 savings bond and is in competition for
the state winning of $2000 savings bond based upon her score and time in the
competition. Their teacher/sponsor is Tommy Berry.
The Spell Bowl team competed at the Area Spell Bowl and the DAC Spell Bowl.
Members of the Spell Bowl team are: Will Levi, Dominique Levy, Darius Dilosa
II, Alisha Whittaker, Emily Hewitt, Maria Hewitt and Mikaela Meyer. Mikaela
Meyer and Will Levi were standout competitors, both spelling 10 words
correctly in the season. The team earned eighth place at the DAC
competition. Their coach is Jennifer Killingbeck.
The CHS Japanese Olympiad team won the state championship in the second-year
division, was the third place finisher in the third-year division and
finished fourth in fourth-year at the Japanese Olympiad of Indiana at DePauw
University in Greencastle, IN. This was the thirteenth 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 second-level team of Chris Maatouk, Garrett Lee and Monika Segovia
defeated Valparaiso and Bloomington North in the final round of the twenty
one-team divisions. The other second-year team of Lilly Hull, Evelyn Miller
and Natalie Wozniak turned in a strong performance as well.
The third-year team of Addison Dempsay, Molly Cannon and Jimmy Rogers was
third in the third-year division. The team narrowly lost to Michigan City
and Valparaiso in the final round.
Jessica Lohse, Brooke Kravitz and Grayson Wingate just missed making it to
the final, losing out in a tie-breaker and finishing fourth. This team has
finished in the top four each of their three years in the competition.
Some 49 teams
from 13 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 tea ceremony,
traditional games, and other activities. Their coaches are John Sparks and