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CHS Japanese team wins state

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The Chesterton High Sshool 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 championships 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.


Posted 2/26/2014






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