Chesterton High School hosted their annual Academic Competition Awards on
Tuesday evening. All the academic groups were recognized for their
participation and coaches in each area reviewed the highlights of this
The Academic Decathlon team advanced to state and placed third in the Super
Quiz at State. Members of the Academic Decathlon are Jon Vincent, Max
Kirchner, Mikaela Meyer, Clarissa Frederick, Joe Helminski, Kayla Jones,
Kelsey Reinhart, Jonathan Rensberger and Ashley Frencl. Their coach is Dale
Individual medal winners at state were Joe Helminski, Jon Vincent and
Junior Jon Vincent was honored as a Duneland Academic Conference (DAC) All
Star for his contributions to the Academic Decathlon.
The Academic Super Bowl team won the DAC tournament, the Porter County
tournament at Purdue North Central and the Social Studies team advanced to
the state competition. The Social Studies Academic Super Bowl team of Ryan
Gorman, Jon Vincent, Clarissa Fredrick, Bradley Levi and Mikaela Meyer came
in sixth place in their division at the state competition. The subject of
this year’s competition was Latin American History from 1700 to 1990. The
competition covered everything from Spanish colonialism to modern
Members of the Academic Super Bowl team are Sean Miller, Jake Pruitt,
Mikaela Meyer, Jon Vincent, Ryan Gorman, Nathan Brock, Ashley Irzyk, D.J.
Gallagher, Clarissa Frederick, Bradley Levi and Taryn Trusty. Their coaches
are Dale Hewitt, Anna Zervos, Jennifer Killingbeck and Eileen Haggerty.
Seniors Ryan Gorman, D.J. Gallagher and Ashley Irzyk; and juniors Jon
Vincent, Sean Miller and Jake Pruitt were honored as DAC All Stars for their
contributions to the Academic Super Bowl team.
The Science Olympiad team placed second at the Indiana University Northwest
Regional. At the regionals, the group had numerous first through fourth
place winners in all areas advancing them to the state competition.
At the state competition hosted at Purdue University Calumet, the group took
sixteenth place as a team. Individual first and second place awards,
respectively, went to Stephanie Buehler, Dayna Gallo and Mavric Price for
Mission Possible and to Eric Dreischerf and Alex Hanson for Helicopters.
Members of the Science Olympiad team are Sara Filipek, Jon Vincent, Eric
Dreischerf, Max Kirchner, Spencer Gordon, Alex Hughes, Dayna Gallo, Alex
Hanson, Autumn Miller, Stephanie Buehler, Kerbi Bowen, Matt Jones, Maryssa
Engstrom, Brady Wade and Mavric Price. Their coach is Kim Stahura.
The Quiz Bowl team had an excellent year. Varsity team members are Ryan
Gorman, Jake Pruitt, Jon Vincent, Sean Miller and Spencer Gordon. Junior
varsity team members are Danny Vincent, Jessica Cavallaris, Eric Dreischerf,
Kaz Zaranski, Jackie Santos, Matt Jones, Austin Johnson and Soli Zaranski.
Their coach is Anna Zervos.
The varsity team participated in the Lakeshore Television program Making the
Grade. The team took first place in the competition and each member won a
five hundred dollar scholarship.
The team also participated in the Rotary Club State Quiz Bowl competition in
Culver. The CHS team won the area competition with a 8-1 record. The team
qualified for state. At the state competition the team made it to the
quarter finals taking seventh in the state.
Senior Ryan Gorman was honored as DAC All Star for his contributions to the
Quiz Bowl team.
The Super Mileage Club created a fuel-efficient super mileage car that the
group took to Indianapolis to compete at the Indiana Mathematics, Science,
and Technology Education Alliance Super Mileage Challenge. The race was held
at Lucas Oil Raceway Park, on a .686-mile track. The challenge hosted 32
schools with a total of 41 cars participating in the challenge. This was the
16th year for the competition and Chesterton High School averaged 446.89
miles per gallon -- good enough for third place.
Members of the Super Mileage Club are Mark Browiak, Declan McNicholas,
Mavric Price, Brandon Biddle, Sarah Franiak, Nick DeLaney, Kyle Jimenez,
Sydney Kutz, Joshua Luketich, Kalvin Ravn and Timmy Trowbridge. Their
advisors are Lance Nolting and Wayne Herltz.
Chesterton High School had another successful season in 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 Edward Kaczmarek and
Mikaela Meyer (tied for first) along with Chris Krause, Eric Zhong and Galen
Wong who tied for third. This group finished second in their division and
seventh in the nation. In Geometry Andrew Ralph finished first, Matthew
Lutze finished second and Joshua DeVries finished third to complete the team
that ranked third in the division and ninth nationally.
In the Algebra II division, Joseph Pejril won first place, Joseph Helminski
was second and Amanda Erxleben was third to help the team to a third place
finish within the division and a seventh place finish nationally.
In the top class, Advanced Mathematics, Jacob Pruitt was the top scorer,
Ryan Gorman was second and Sean Miller finished third in route to a team
finish of fourth in the division and tenth nationally.
Other CHS mathematics competition winners include school winners Keith
Radzik in American Mathematics Competition level 10 and Matthew Borowiak in
AMC 12. Eric Dreischerf was the school winner in yet another mathematics
competition called Trig Star conducted at CHS by the American Society of
Land Surveyors. Eric won a $100 savings bond and is in competition for a
$1000 savings bond based on his time with a perfect score.
Membera of the Math team are Matthew Borowiak, Austin Johnson, Jacob Pruitt,
Keith Radzik, Ryan Gorman, Sean Miller, Edward Kaczmarek, Mikaela Meyer,
Chris Krause, Eric Zhong, Galen Wong, Joseph Pejril, Joseph Helminksi,
Amanda Erxleben, Andrew Ralph, Matthew Lutze, Joshua DeVries and Eric
Dreischerf. Their coach 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 Bradley Levi, Will Levi, Nick Peterson,
Dominique Levy, Micheala Sosby and Ashley Frencl. Their coach is Jennifer
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. This was the twelfth Japan Bowl/Japanese Olympiad state
championship for CHS.
Members of the
Japan Olympiad team are Celia Mooradian, Ryan Gorman, Brandon Moore, Abi
Lindstedt, Ashley Irzyk, Jessica Lohse, Brooke Kravitz, Grayson Wingate,
Donny Puent, Lajos Gazdag, Kaz Zuranski, Addison Dempsey, Trika Laster,
Jimmy Rogers, Molly Cannon and Jack Kurfman. Their coaches are John Sparks
and Aki Tsugawa; and assistant coach is Aiko Kawano