Chesterton High School Japanese language students won the state championship
in the second-year division, was the third place finisher in the third-year
division and finished fourth in fourth-year at the Japanese Olympiad of
Indiana at DePauw University in Greencastle on Saturday, Feb. 25.
This was the thirteenth Japan Bowl/Japanese Olympiad state championship for
The Japanese Olympiad of Indiana is an academic competition for second,
third and fourth-year students with categories including speaking, culture,
kanji (Chinese characters), proverbs, listening, history, and onomatopoeic
The CHS second-level team of Chris Maatouk, Garrett Lee and Monika Segovia
defeated Valparaiso and Bloomington North in the final round of the
twentyone-team division. The other second-year team of Lilly Hull, Evelyn
Miller and Natalie Wozniak turned in a strong performance as well.
The third-year team of Addison Dempsay, Molly Cannon and Jimmy Rogers was
third in the third-year division. The team narrowly lost to Michigan City
and Valparaiso in the final round.
Jessica Lohse, Brooke Kravitz and Grayson Wingate just missed making it to
the finals, losing out in a tie breaker and finishing fourth. This team has
finished in the top four each of their three years in the competition.
Forty-nine teams from thirteen high schools competed in this year’s
During the competition, team members had an opportunity to participate in
Japanese modern and traditional cultural activities, which included tea
ceremony, traditional games, and other activities.