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NHS academic team tops in state

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Northview High School Interdisciplinary Super Bowl Team is ranked first heading into the Academic Super Bowl State Competition. The members of the 2010 team include (front left) Leah Garvin, Jessamyn Moore, Hannah Yeiser, (back) Hannah Stewart, Zeb Thomas, Caroline Disney and Bethany Wright.
The Northview High School Interdisciplinary Super Bowl Team is on top.

Currently ranked first in Division 1, they will be going against eight other schools Saturday, May 8, at the Academic Super Bowl State Competition at the Loeb Playhouse on the Purdue University, West Lafayette campus.

The students on the Interdisciplinary Team are Hannah Stewart, Zebulan Thomas, Leah Garvin, Jessamyn Moore, Caroline Disney, Hannah Yeiser and Bethany Wright.

Though Northview has had previous teams qualify for state competition, this is the first team to rank first.

"As coaches, we are very proud of Northview's Interdisciplinary Team," math coach Deanne Leohr said. "This team is the first of our teams to rank first going into the state competition."

Of the 300 schools that participated for the chance to advance, only 96 schools qualified a team to participate.

Northview's students will be competing against students from Columbus East High School, Chesterton High School, Munster High School, Northridge High School, William Henry Harrison High School, Brownsburg High School, Crown Point High School and Zionsville High School.

"Our students did an excellent job because they were very prepared with the materials that they have been given," social studies coach Michele Hunter said. "But their success is also due to the knowledge gained from other classes and through their own initiative."

The interdisciplinary team is made up of students from the other teams of math, social studies, English, science and fine arts and they are required to know all the information they can from the 1960s and 1970s, the theme of this year's competition.

Students work with their coaches to learn as much information as possible regarding the theme. Though they are given some reading material, they must do the bulk of research on their own.

During competition, there are 25 questions presented to the students, and no books or research is allowed during the competition.

Joining Leohr and Hunter in coaching the Interdisciplinary Team include Sara Harmon (English), David Unsinger (science) and Joni Sutherland (fine arts).

It is the continued dedication to studying and the support of the faculty and staff which has motivated the students to succeed.

"This outstanding group of students have worked very hard this year. I'm proud of the job they are doing," Principal Tim Rayle said.

"The Northview community is extremely impressed with them. Being ranked number one heading into the state finals is quite impressive and is a tribute to what we are trying to accomplish academically at Northview."

"We are very proud of these students," Hunter added.

"We know they will do great."

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WAY TO GO!!! So proud of all of you. Your drive and work ethic will take you far! Never give up! Even if you don't come out on top at state you are all still winners. Don't EVER forget that.

Your team teachers are wonderful coaches as well. Their mentoring will help you far beyond your high school years.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, May 3, 2010, at 11:03 AM

Wonderful Job, Team!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Mon, May 3, 2010, at 8:10 PM

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