For the second year in a row, the Northview High School Academic Super Bowl Team has won the Western Indiana Conference (WIC).
"Their hard work paid off," Northview sponsor and social studies coach Michelle Hunter said.
Students have been studying the 1960s and 1970s since October in preparation for the competition, which has included some multi-tasking with other activities such as band, theater and sports.
"This has been a very good group of students to work with," Hunter said. "They have been very dedicated."
There are six academic categories -- math, social studies, English, science, fine arts and interdisciplinary. There is one team per category and each team must learn as much information about the selected time era.
Though some information is provided in the form of literature, the students do a lot of the research themselves with the aid of their respective coach. There are practice questions available but they are not guaranteed to come up during competition.
The students must be prepared to answer the 25 questions pertaining to the subject, and no books or research is allowed during the competition.
"The math and science teams usually meet once a week for several hours," Northview sponsor and math coach Deanne Leohr said.
They work together as a team to answer the questions, but individually the students must know the information. It was the combined score of the six areas of study, which won Northview its second WIC title. The English, science and interdisciplinary teams each placed first in WIC and overall the interdisciplinary team was second and the English team was third. There were seventeen teams competing in the Brown County Invitational, with 14 schools having A and B teams. There were five schools representing the WIC during the competition including Northview, Owen Valley High School, Brown County High School, Sullivan High School and Edgewood High School.
"It really took everybody to win," Leohr said. "It was a team effort."
Northview students participating in the Academic Super Bowl competition included Robert Biggs, Shad Brattain, Joey Thomas, Zebulan Thomas, Jessamyn Moore, Leah Garvin, Hannah Stewart, Hannah Yeiser, Caroline Disney, Evan Pierce, Bethany Wright and Kaylee Strycker.
Though all the coaches work together with the interdisciplinary team each coach has an individual team: Leohr (math), Hunter (social studies), Sara Harmon (English), David Unsinger (science) and Joni Sutherland (fine arts).
Both Leohr and Hunter credit parents and the Northview Academic Booster Club (ABC) with their continued sponsorship.
"We had parents attend the competition," Leohr said. "We really appreciate the parents traveling all the way to Brown County to show support."
The ABC showed support by decorating the students' lockers prior to competition.
"The (ABC) has been wonderful," Hunter said.
Some of the same students on the Academic Super Bowl Team were also involved in Northview's WIC Academic Quiz Bowl Teams. The B team placed first and the A team was runner-up in their respected categories. Students involved in the Feb. 2 competition include Jessamyn Moore, Hannah Yeiser, Hannah Stewart, Leah Garvin, Shad Brattain, Bethany Wright, Zebulan Thomas, Kyle Hughes and Riley Sutherlin.
"The Northview High School administration and faculty is extremely proud of our students," Principal Tim Rayle said. "The students worked very hard to achieve their goal."
The next competition for Northview will be April 20, at Greencastle High School. The teams will have the opportunity to qualify for the state competition by having one of the top eight scores statewide.