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Academic team heading for Indianapolis

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

The Northview English Academic Team is going to the State Academic Super Bowl in Indianapolis May 8. Left: Academic Super Bowl coordinator Deanne Leohr, coach Kerin Downey, team members Melissa Chrisman, Cecilia Latta, Christina Rose, Sara Spencer and Ahnya Alstott.

The Northview Academic Super Bowl Team consists of the following students: Ahnya Alstott, Kyle Brown, Neil Brown, Melissa Chrisman, Chris Fox, Brandon Jones, Codi Krider, Marsha Krisendo, Cecilia Latta, Mitch Mershon, Danica Neier, Jennie Pell, Rachel Romas, Christina Rose, Jason Short, Sara Spencer, Jason True and ChCarra Yockey.

Northview High School is going to the Super Bowl. The State Academic Super Bowl. The annual event is sponsored by Purdue University and administered by the Indiana Association of School Principals.

Regional competition was held April 20 at Greencastle High School. To prepare for the regional, the academic team attended invitationals at Brownsburg and Owen Valley in March. Northview's English team qualified to move on to State competition. This is the first time since 1995 that an academic team has advanced to the State level.

The English section of the six-category academic team will compete at Pike Performing Arts in Indianapolis on May 8. The top seven in each category advanced. Coach Kerin Downey, an English teacher at Northview, said the English division came in second out of 79 schools in Class 1.

"Many of the schools we competed against are a lot bigger than we are," Downey said. "Class is determined by enrollment and we come in at the lower end number-wise. We finished ahead of Terre Haute North and South, Bloomington South and many of the larger Class 1 schools in the Indianapolis area like Pike, Carmel, Center Grove and Plainfield. Southside High School in Fort Wayne took first in English."

The six categories of the academic team are English, math, science, social studies, fine arts and interdisciplinary. Coaches are Deanne Leohr, Randy Eppert, Jennifer Deal and Downey. Leohr will accompany Downey and her academic squad on May 8.

The members of the state qualifying English team are senior Christina Rose, freshman Anahya Alstott, senior Melissa Chrisman, senior Cecilia Latta and senior Sara Spencer. The students were happy with their performance and are excited about going to the state.

"It was kind of overwhelming that we were the first team to go to the state in nine years," English team captain Christina Rose said. "We definitely had to do a lot of reading and a lot of research to prepare for this."

Northview principal Ken Wallace is proud of the State qualifying academic team.

"We've had a very good year at Northview this year," Wallace said. "We have accomplished a lot academically and athletically. But this is the most important student achievement of the year. I want to congratulate Mrs. Downey and the members of the team and wish them the best of luck at State."

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