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Academic Super Bowl team outsmarts them all

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Members of the Northview Academic Super Bowl Teams recently finished first at the Brown County Invitational. Students include (back row, from left) Shad Brattain, Evan Deal, Breanna Fagg, Kyle Hughes, (middle) Gwyn Snow, Hannah Stewart, Mandy Thomlinson, Lauren Reberger, (front) Leah Garvin, Bethany Wright, Hannah Yeiser, Jessamyn Moore and Devin Ahern. Courtesy photo.
Students involved in the Northview High School Academic Super Bowl teams have proven studying hard pays off.

"The teams have been studying the Vikings and Norse Culture for several weeks in preparation for the 25 questions that are asked in fine arts, social studies, math, English, science, and interdisciplinary," social studies coach Michele Hunter said.

Students who participate in the competition must learn as much information about the selected topic.

Some information is provided in the form of literature, but the students do a lot of the research.

Coaches have access to practice questions that may or may not come up during competition.

The students must be prepared to answer the questions pertaining to field of inquiry and students are not allowed to use books or research they have acquired during the competition.

Seventeen schools participated in the Brown County Invitational including five of the schools in the Western Indiana Conference (WIC): Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Crown County, Columbus North, Edgewood, Edinburgh, Eminence, Indian Creek, Jennings County, Lanesville, Martinsville, North Decatur, Owen Valley and Sullivan.

"We are very proud of the academic success of Northview's Academic Super Bowl Team," math coach Deanne Leohr said. "They won it all."

With an overall with a score of 90 total points, the team beat Bloomington South and Jennings County, which tied for second with a total of 88 points.

The results for the WIC schools were: Northview 90, Brown County 86, Edgewood 81, Owen Valley 69, and Sullivan 64.

Northview students participating in the Academic Super Bowl competition included Shad Brattain, Evan Deal, Breanna Fagg, Kyle Hughes, Gwyn Snow, Hannah Stewart, Mandy Thomlinson, Lauren Reberger, Leah Garvin, Bethany Wright, Hannah Yeiser, Jessamyn Moore and Devin Ahern

"The math team, which consisted of Devin Ahern, Shad Brattain, Kyle Hughes, Lauren Reberger, and Mandy Thomlinson won the overall math contest as well as the WIC," Hunter said. "Their score was an outstanding 21 out of 25."

The interdisciplinary team won first for WIC, the English and science teams won second in WIC, and the social studies placed third for WIC.

The students, as well as their coaches, were excited about the successful contest. Coaches for the teams are: Hunter, Leohr and David Unsinger (math), Joni Sutherland (fine arts), Sara Harmon (English) and Randy Eppert (science).

"They are really amazing," Leohr said. "We are all so proud of them, they have done such a great job."

The next competition for Northview will be April 21 at Greencastle High School, where teams may qualify for the state competition by having one of the top eight scores statewide. Northview has had a team qualify for state competition three out of the last four years.

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Congrats to the team. As a former Academic Superbowl competitor, I know the competitions are very challenging.

-- Posted by Civisi on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 9:10 PM

Mrs. Leohr has been a great teacher and mentor for many years. Congratulations to the students and faculty!

-- Posted by ucantbserious on Thu, Mar 26, 2009, at 7:48 AM

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