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March 13, 2013

Prep teams test brains at Academic Super Bowl

Nine schools took part in competition

TERRE HAUTE — In this competition, the Terre Haute North Vigo High School auxiliary gym remained silent as nine teams answered questions about Ancient Greece.

Once a team correctly answered a question, audience members politely clapped for their favorite high school.

About 200 students and as many as 45 coaches from nine high schools participated in the Indiana Academic Super Bowl Invitational competition hosted by Terre Haute North  Tuesday.

The invitational served as “practice” for regional competition, slated for next month. Those who win regionals move on to state competition.

The theme this year is  “The Glory that was Greece.”

The fine arts teams were the first to take the floor Tuesday. They answered 25 questions, including the following: “Aulos is to Dionysus as Lyre is to: a) Zeus, b) Socrates c) Apollo or d) Hermes.”

The correct answer was Apollo.

Teams consist of five members, with only three on the competition floor at any one time. The team captain answers for the team using paper and pencil. A proctor indicates if the answer is correct.

Other divisions of competition are social studies, math, English, science and interdisciplinary.

At the invitational, first through third places were awarded in each category.

Diane Songer, who coaches North Vigo’s fine arts team, said of the competition, “It’s exciting. Learning can be a painful process, but when we see the results right away, when that bell rings and they get it right, it’s really a lot of fun.”

Describing the atmosphere, she said, “You’re anxious and excited in a silent mode,” she said.

Annie Bauer, North’s academic competition coordinator, said the Academic Super Bowl  “gets our students to study areas that aren’t necessarily confined to our textbook … It expands their depth of knowledge.”

The event also builds camaraderie among Vigo County high schools and also with other area high schools. The academic teams “are just like athletic teams,” Bauer said.

Participating high schools were Greencastle, Sullivan, Owen Valley, White River Valley, South Putnam, Southmont, Terre Haute North, Terre Haute South and South Vermillion.  

Arnold Hartman, who coaches the science team at Owen Valley, said in academic competition, the small schools are competitive  with the bigger schools.

“All you need is some dedicated students that want to learn the material,” he said. “I tell our students we can compete with them all.”

Maddy Mishler, an Owen Valley senior, said this is her first time to compete in the Academic Super Bowl. She is on the science team. She wants to go into the medical field and hoped that by getting involved in the competition, it would expand her understanding of science.

“It challenges me a lot,” said Mishler, who also has been involved with Show Choir and softball.

Morgan Schafer, an Owen Valley junior, also is on the science team. She wants to major in chemistry at college and thought it would be a great way to learn more in general about the sciences.

The Academic Super Bowl is part of the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs.

The Academic Super Bowl competition is divided into four classes based on a school’s enrollment.

Sue Loughlin can be reached at (812) 231-4235 or sue.loughlin@tribstar.com.

Results

Fine arts

1st — South Vermillion

2nd — Terre Haute North

3rd — South Putnam

Social Studies

1st — Terre Haute South

2nd — Greencastle

3rd — Terre Haute North

Math

1st — Terre Haute South

2nd — Terre Haute North

3rd — Greencastle

English

1st — Terre Haute North

2nd — Greencastle

3rd — Terre Haute South

Science

1st — Owen Valley

2nd — Greencastle

3rd — Terre Haute North

Interdisciplinary

1st — Greencastle

2nd — Terre Haute North

3rd — Terre Haute South

 

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