Chesterton High School hosted their annual Academic Competition Awards on Monday evening. All the academic groups were recognized for their participation and coaches in each area gave the highlights of this school year.
The Academic Decathlon team advanced to state again and placed 7th in the large school category. Members of the Academic Decathlon team are: Hannah Maluvac, Mark Wilcox, Erin Grimes, Hayden Hodge, Julia Graff, Jacob Weitzel, Jordan Tuel, Jessica Oswald, Josh Sweet, Xavier Pittman, Dylan Draves, Camma Duhamell and Violet Needham. Their coach is Dale Hewitt.
Individual medal winners at state were Erin Grimes with 3rd in essay, Mark Wilcox with 2nd in essay and Hayden Hodge with 1st in interview and 1st essay. The team earned 15 medals at the area contest.
Julia Graff, Hayden Hodge and Erin Grimes were nominated for Duneland Academic Conference (DAC) All Stars for their contribution to the Decathlon team.
Academic Super Bowl
At the DAC tournament, Math and Social Studies placed first and Interdisciplinary placed third. At the area competition, Math, English and Interdisciplinary placed second. Social Studies and Science placed third.
Members of the Academic Super Bowl team are: Branden Wong, Jeff Radzik, Mark Wilcox, Keagan Wong, Josh Sweet, Hayden Hodge, Xavier Pittman, Erin Grimes
Their coaches are Dale Hewitt, Anna Zervos, Eileen Haggerty and Jennifer Jendrzejczyk.
Students Keagan Wong, Hayden Hodge, Jeff Radzik and Mark Wilcox were nominated for DAC All Stars for their contributions to the Academic Super Bowl team.
The Science Olympiad team placed third (in class AA) high school division at the IUN Regional Competition.
At the State competition at IU, the team placed 11th. The team earned more medals at state than ever before.
Team members include Maggie Brown, Cara Sullivan, Jared Gallina, Trevor Krygier, Joel Peterson, Kyle Krol, Mark Wilcox, Branden Wong, Keagan Wong, Ryan Day, Matt Jewison, Joey DeHoyos, Chris Sexton, Nolan Poczekay, and Nathan Poczekay. Their coaches are Kim Stahura and Jack Neuliep.
Both the Quiz Bowl Varsity Team and Junior Varsity won first in Duneland School Corporation Area Competition and they won the Tournament.
Members of the Quiz Bowl team include seniors Mark Wilcox, Hannah Malvac, Cara Sullivan, Keagan Wong, Jeff Radzik and Nate Scheerer; Sophomore Branden Wong and Freshmen Josh Sweet and Xavier Pittman. The Quiz Bowl coach is Anna Zervos.
Chesterton High School had another successful season in their mathematics competitions. In the MATH FAX competition CHS competed in various levels with much success. The top three finishers for CHS in Algebra I were Maddie Figg in first place, David Manojlovic in second place and Katie Hansen and Peyton Martinson tied for third place. This group finished second in the state and tenth in the nation. In Geometry, Ben Hoham finished first at CHS and third in the division. Joe Adcock finished second at CHS and Gavin Dooley finished in third place at CHS. This group finished first in the state and fifth in the nation. In the Algebra II division, Branden Wong won first place at CHS while Aidan Li was second in the school and Haydn Malackowski finished third to help the school finish second place in the state and fifth place in the nation. In the top class, Advanced Mathematics, Keegan Wong repeated as the top scorer at CHS followed by Nolan Poczekay in second while Hayden Hodge was third. The team finished second in the state and tenth in the nation.
In the Indiana Math League competition, CHS finished in first place within their division for the sixth year in a row and was sixth overall in the state. In addition, Nolan Poczekay finished with a 12th place overall high score individually in the state.
Poczekay was the school winner in yet another mathematics competition called Trig Star conducted at CHS by the American Society of Land Surveyors. Nolan won $50 cash and is in competition for the state winning of $500 cash based upon his score and time in the competition.
The Spell Bowl team competed at the Area Spell Bowl and took third at the DAC Spell Bowl.
Team members Mark Wilcox, Keagan Wong, Spencer Pritchard and Brandon Wong were standout competitors at the events and all were nominated for Duneland All Stars. Mark Wilcox was the Mental Award winner.
Members of the Spell Bowl team are: Jeff Radzik, Branden Wong, Spencer Pritchard, Hannah Maluvac, Erin Grimes, Keagan Wong, Mark Wilcox, Hayden Hodge and Amber Heilmann. Their coach is Jennifer Jendrzejczyk.
The Chesterton High School Japanese Olympiad team competed in the Japanese Olympiad of Indiana competition at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. The team won the state championship in the fourth-year division, was runner-up in the third-year division and narrowly missed the final round in second-year. The CHS team has now won the Japan Bowl/Japanese Olympiad state championship 20 times along with three national Japan Bowl championships and one national runner-up.
The Japanese Olympiad of Indiana is an academic competition for second, third and fourth-year students with categories including speaking, culture, kanjicharacters, proverbs, listening, geography, history, and onomatopoeic expressions.
The CHS fourth-year team of Josh Guzek, Nolan Poczekay and Camma Duhamell defeated Michigan City and Indianapolis North Central in the final round to win the state championship. It was the third consecutive championship for Guzek and the second for Poczekay. Jakob Kintzle was the team’s alternate.
In the third-year division, the team of Keilee Willer, Nate Kravitz and Jonathon Sumita finished as runner-up to North Central and ahead of Indiana Academy. Orion Bohren was the team’s alternate.
Will Shook and Sam Henderson turned in an excellent performance in the second-year division, missing the final round by just one question.
Japanese Olympiad coaches are John Sparks and Aki Tsugawa.