Japanese team wins competition: The Chesterton High School Japanese Language
and Culture team won the Japanese Language and Culture Competition held
Saturday, March 4, at Michigan City High School. Team members pictured are
(front row) Elaine Schnabel and Brandon Patterson. Row two, Marie Queen,
Rebecca Oddi, Melissa Frye, Martha Cedarstaff, Emilia Blaser and Aaron
Dittmann. Row three, Amy Payne, Stephanie Frame, Crystal Saffran, Sarah
Stewart, Austin White and Zach Wagner.
The CHS Japanese academic team won a state championship and placed two other
teams in the final round of three at the Indiana Japanese Language and
Culture Competition in Michigan City on Saturday.
The Japanese Language and Culture Competition is an academic competition for
second, third and fourth-year students with categories including grammar,
culture, kanji (Chinese characters), proverbs, listening, and onomatopoeic
CHS was led by the fourth-year team of Emilia Blaser, Brandon Patterson and
Amy Payne who won their third consecutive state championship defeating Penn
and Valparaiso high schools in the final round.
At the third-year level, the team of Sarah Stewart, Elaine Schnabel and
Melissa Frye finished in third place behind Penn and Bloomington North high
Also turning in an outstanding performance was the team of Austin White and
The second-year team of Aaron Dittmann, Rebecca Oddi and Marie Queen also
made it to the final round, placing third in their first competition behind
Valparaiso and Bloomington North.
The other second-year team of Crystal Saffran, Martha Cedarstaff and Zach
Wagner placed near the top of the division.
Forty-one teams from thirteen Indiana schools competed in this day-long
While not competing, students had an opportunity to participate in Japanese
traditional and modern cultural activities, which included calligraphy,
origami, haiku, Dance Dance Revolution, manga drawing, traditional games and