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CHS Japanese Olympiad team wins State Championship

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The Chesterton High School Japanese team won the state championship in the second and fourth-year divisions, and was the third place finisher in the third-year division at the Japanese Olympiad of Indiana, held at Purdue University in West Lafayette on Saturday. CHS has now won the Japan Bowl/Japanese Olympiad state championship eighteen times along with three national Japan Bowl championships and one national runner-up title.

The Japanese Olympiad of Indiana is an academic competition for second, third and fourth-year students with categories including speaking, culture, kanji characters, proverbs, listening, history, and onomatopoeic expressions.

The CHS fourth-year team of Alaina Pamintuan, Elena Levi and Kyle Krol defeated Valparaiso and Michigan City in the final round to win the state championship. It was the third consecutive championship for Levi and the second for Pamintuan. Xaundra Rodriguez and George Romero were team alternates.

In the second-year division, the team of Josh Guzek, Jason Hebblethwaite and Nick Lane also took home the championship. The team defeated Highland and Connersville in the final round. Logan Summers was the team alternate. Emily McLean and Krysllyn Villones placed third behind Connersville and Michigan City.

During the competition, team members had an opportunity to participate in or watch Japanese modern and traditional cultural activities, including movies, traditional games, a musical performance, a tea ceremony and a kendo demonstration.


Posted 2/24/2015






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