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CHS Academic Competition teams honored

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Chesterton High School hosted the annual Academic Competition Awards on Monday evening. All the academic groups were recognized for their participation and coaches in each area gave the highlights of this school year.

Academic Decathlon

The Academic Decathlon team advanced to state and placed seventh in the large school category. Members of the Academic Decathlon are: Tony Ketcham, Keagan Wong, George Romero, Joe Horn, Kayla Jones, Ian Turner, Abby Brown, Dana Wickenden and Max Brown. Their coach is Dale Hewitt.

Individual medal winners at state were Joe Horn in second Social Studies, Kayla Jones in 3rd Interview and Dana Wickenden in 1st Essay.

Senior Dana Wickenden and junior Joe Horn were honored as Duneland Academic Conference (DAC) All Stars for their contributions to the Academic Decathlon.

Academic Super Bowl

The Academic Super Bowl team won the Porter County tournament at Purdue North Central and the DAC tournament. At the area competition, Social Studies, Fine Arts and Interdisciplinary took first place and Fine Arts qualified for state.

Members of the Academic Super Bowl team are: Kelly Craig, Alisha Dziarski, Sydney Ghoreishi, Joe Horn, Eddie Kaczmarek, Jacob Laster, Mikaela Meyer, Ben Moy, Jonah Pruitt, George Romero and Jordan Sweet. Their coaches are Dale Hewitt, Anna Zervos, Eileen Haggerty and Jennifer Jendrzejczyk.

Seniors Mikaela Meyer, Jonah Pruitt, Eddie Kaczmarek and Ben Moy and junior Joe Horn were honored as DAC All Stars for their contributions to the Academic Super Bowl team.

Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad team placed first (in class AA) 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 10th.

Medal winners include: Evelyn Miller and Maggie Brown with 2nd place in Boomilever, Eric Zhong and Galen Wong with 2nd place in Elastic Launched Glider, Matt Petrovich and Eric Zhong with 2nd place in Mission Possible, Autumn and Evelyn Miller with 2nd place in Rocks and Minerals, Matt Petrovich and Eric Zhong with 3rd place in Mag Lev and Addison Dempsay and Marissa Sullivan with 4th place in Disease Detectives.

Team members are Natalie Wozniak, Eric Zhong, Marissa Sullivan, Galen Wong, Nathan Poczekay, Maggie Brown, Evelyn Miller, Christopher Krause, Trevor Krygier, Autumn Miller, Matthew Petrovich, Addison Dempsay, Joel Peterson, Kyle Krol and Lily Hull. Their coaches are Kim Stahura and Jack Neuliep.

Quiz Bowl

The Quiz Bowl team came in second in the area tournament, in the area competition and in the Lake Shore Television Program "Making The Grade" to be aired in June.

Varsity team members are: Mikaela Meyer, Marissa Sullivan, Rachel Vogie, Kyle Krol, Kelly Craig, Joseph Horn, Jonah Pruitt, Galen Wong, Keagan Wong, Chris Krause and George Romero. Their coach is Anna Zervos.

Super Mileage Club

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 25 schools participate, with 31 cars from all over Indiana.

CHS students entered two cars in the competition, one in the stock class and one in the unlimited class. The team's car in the stock class averaged 290 miles per gallon and placed first with the car in the unlimited class placing seventh. The team was also voted the "People's Choice” by ballot. This honor is gained by having dependable cars, friendly team members, following all the rules, and being helpful to other teams.

Team members of the Super Mileage Club are: Donald Dutcher, Rachel Enright, Dakota Evans, Taylor Hayman, Jacob Jackson, Claudia Krygier, Trevor Krygier, Jacob Lambrecht, Colin Lenburg, Matt Murfitt, Alex Panozzo, Adam Rundzitis, Donna Trowbridge, Trevor VanNostran and Nick Wrigley. The team's faculty advisors are Lance Nolting and assistant Tim Trowbridge.

Mathematics Team

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 Nolan Poczekay in first place (eighth place in the division), Tristan Dooley in second place and Laura Estridge in third place. This group finished fourth in the division and fifth in the nation. In Geometry there was a clean sweep for the top places from Chesterton High School students. Keagan Wong finished first at CHS as well as the division, along with fourth in the nation. Hayden Hodge finished second at CHS as well as the division and ninth in the nation. And Amy Socha finished third at CHS as well as the division. This group finished first in the division as well as fifth in the nation. In the Algebra II division, Kyle Krol won first place at CHS and tenth in the division, Jared Gallina was second in the school while Timothy Vincent finished third in the school. This group finished third place in the division and sixth place in the nation. In the top class, Advanced Mathematics, Edward Kaczmarek was the top scorer followed by Christopher Krause in second while Jack Kurfman was third. The team finished seventh in the division and tenth in the nation.

In another competition - Indiana Math League, Chesterton finished a second year in first place within their division and was seventh overall in the state.

Eric Noe was the school winner in yet another mathematics competition called Trig Star conducted at CHS by the American Society of Land Surveyors. Eric wins $50 cash and is in competition for the state winning of $500 cash based upon her score and time in the competition.

Mathematics competition team members are: Nolan Poczekay, Keagan Wong, Kyle Krol, Edward Kaczmarek, Tristan Dooley, Hayden Hodge, Jared Gallina, Christopher Krause, Laura Estridge, Amy Socha, Timothy Vincent, Eric Zhong and Eric Noe. Department chairman is Tommy Berry.

Spell Bowl

The Spell Bowl team competed at the Area Spell Bowl and the DAC Spell Bowl. Members of the Spell Bowl team are: Spencer Pritchard, JP Pritchard, Galen Wong, Marissa Sullivan, Bethany Van Drie, Natalie Wozniak, Eric Zhong, Christopher Krause, Keagan Wong, Lily Hull, Justin Brinkley, Mark Wilcox, Cara Sullivan, George Romero, Joe Hull and Hayden Hodge. Their coach is Jennifer Jendrzejczyk.

Both Christopher Krause and Natalie Wozniak were standout competitors at the event. Krause, for spelled 11 words correctly and Wozniak spelled 10 words correctly in the season. The team earned second place at the DAC competition.

Juniors Christopher Krause and Natalie Wozniak were honored as DAC All Stars for their contributions to the Spell Bowl team.

Japanese Olympiad

The Chesterton High School Japanese Olympiad team won the state championship in the third-year division, and was runner-up in the fourth-year and second-year divisions at the Japanese Olympiad of Indiana at Indiana University in Bloomington, held Saturday, Feb. 22.

This was the sixteenth 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 expressions.

The CHS third-year team of Michelle Stramel, Elena Levi and Alaina Pamintuan defeated Indianapolis North Central and Valparaiso in the final round to win the state championship for a second consecutive year. The other third-year team of Nathan Poczekay, George Romero and Sydney Shrum also turned in a good performance.

In the fourth-year division, the team of Chris Maatouk, Lily Hull and Matt Lutze was runner-up. The team narrowly lost to Valparaiso and defeated Bloomington High School North in the final round.

Kyle Krol, Sydney Ghoreishi and Xaundra Rodriguez placed second, tying Indianapolis North Central, but losing to Valparaiso in the closely contested final round

Forty-three teams from ten 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, including movies, traditional games, musical performances and a karate demonstration.

Japanese Olympiad team members are: Elena Levi, Alaina Pamintuan, Michelle Strael, Kyle Krol, Nathan Poczekay, Sydney Shrum, Matt Lutze, Chris Maatouk, Lily Hull, Sydney Ghoreishi, Xaundra Rodriguez and George Romero. Their coaches are John Sparks and Aki Tsugawa.


Posted 5/13/2014