School hosted the 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.
Decathlon team advanced to state and placed seventh in the large school
category. Members of the Academic Decathlon are: Tony Ketcham, Keagan Wong,
George Romero, Joe Horn, Kayla Jones, Ian Turner, Abby Brown, Dana Wickenden
and Max Brown. Their coach is Dale Hewitt.
winners at state were Joe Horn in second Social Studies, Kayla Jones in 3rd
Interview and Dana Wickenden in 1st Essay.
Wickenden and junior Joe Horn were honored as Duneland Academic Conference (DAC)
All Stars for their contributions to the Academic Decathlon.
Academic Super Bowl
The Academic Super
Bowl team won the Porter County tournament at Purdue North Central and the
DAC tournament. At the area competition, Social Studies, Fine Arts and
Interdisciplinary took first place and Fine Arts qualified for state.
Members of the
Academic Super Bowl team are: Kelly Craig, Alisha Dziarski, Sydney Ghoreishi,
Joe Horn, Eddie Kaczmarek, Jacob Laster, Mikaela Meyer, Ben Moy, Jonah
Pruitt, George Romero and Jordan Sweet. Their coaches are Dale Hewitt, Anna
Zervos, Eileen Haggerty and Jennifer Jendrzejczyk.
Meyer, Jonah Pruitt, Eddie Kaczmarek and Ben Moy and junior Joe Horn were
honored as DAC All Stars for their contributions to the Academic Super Bowl
Olympiad team placed first (in class AA) high school division at the IUN
Regional Competition. Every team member earned at least a medal.
At the State
competition at IU, the team placed 10th.
include: Evelyn Miller and Maggie Brown with 2nd place in Boomilever, Eric
Zhong and Galen Wong with 2nd place in Elastic Launched Glider, Matt
Petrovich and Eric Zhong with 2nd place in Mission Possible, Autumn and
Evelyn Miller with 2nd place in Rocks and Minerals, Matt Petrovich and Eric
Zhong with 3rd place in Mag Lev and Addison Dempsay and Marissa Sullivan
with 4th place in Disease Detectives.
Team members are
Natalie Wozniak, Eric Zhong, Marissa Sullivan, Galen Wong, Nathan Poczekay,
Maggie Brown, Evelyn Miller, Christopher Krause, Trevor Krygier, Autumn
Miller, Matthew Petrovich, Addison Dempsay, Joel Peterson, Kyle Krol and
Lily Hull. Their coaches are Kim Stahura and Jack Neuliep.
The Quiz Bowl team
came in second in the area tournament, in the area competition and in the
Lake Shore Television Program "Making The Grade" to be aired in June.
members are: Mikaela Meyer, Marissa Sullivan, Rachel Vogie, Kyle Krol, Kelly
Craig, Joseph Horn, Jonah Pruitt, Galen Wong, Keagan Wong, Chris Krause and
George Romero. Their coach is Anna Zervos.
Super Mileage Club
The Super Mileage
Club created a fuel-efficient super gas mileage car that the group took to
Indianapolis to compete at the Indiana Math, Science, and Technology
Education Alliance (IMSTEA) Super Mileage Challenge. The race was held at
Lucas Oil Raceway Park, on a .686 mile oval track. The challenge had 25
schools participate, with 31 cars from all over Indiana.
entered two cars in the competition, one in the stock class and one in the
unlimited class. The team's car in the stock class averaged 290 miles per
gallon and placed first with the car in the unlimited class placing seventh.
The team was also voted the "People's Choice” by ballot. This honor is
gained by having dependable cars, friendly team members, following all the
rules, and being helpful to other teams.
Team members of the
Super Mileage Club are: Donald Dutcher, Rachel Enright, Dakota Evans, Taylor
Hayman, Jacob Jackson, Claudia Krygier, Trevor Krygier, Jacob Lambrecht,
Colin Lenburg, Matt Murfitt, Alex Panozzo, Adam Rundzitis, Donna Trowbridge,
Trevor VanNostran and Nick Wrigley. The team's faculty advisors are Lance
Nolting and assistant Tim Trowbridge.
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 Nolan Poczekay in first
place (eighth place in the division), Tristan Dooley in second place and
Laura Estridge in third place. This group finished fourth in the division
and fifth in the nation. In Geometry there was a clean sweep for the top
places from Chesterton High School students. Keagan Wong finished first at
CHS as well as the division, along with fourth in the nation. Hayden Hodge
finished second at CHS as well as the division and ninth in the nation. And
Amy Socha finished third at CHS as well as the division. This group finished
first in the division as well as fifth in the nation. In the Algebra II
division, Kyle Krol won first place at CHS and tenth in the division, Jared
Gallina was second in the school while Timothy Vincent finished third in the
school. This group finished third place in the division and sixth place in
the nation. In the top class, Advanced Mathematics, Edward Kaczmarek was the
top scorer followed by Christopher Krause in second while Jack Kurfman was
third. The team finished seventh in the division and tenth in the nation.
competition - Indiana Math League, Chesterton finished a second year in
first place within their division and was seventh overall in the state.
Eric Noe was the
school winner in yet another mathematics competition called Trig Star
conducted at CHS by the American Society of Land Surveyors. Eric wins $50
cash and is in competition for the state winning of $500 cash based upon her
score and time in the competition.
competition team members are: Nolan Poczekay, Keagan Wong, Kyle Krol, Edward
Kaczmarek, Tristan Dooley, Hayden Hodge, Jared Gallina, Christopher Krause,
Laura Estridge, Amy Socha, Timothy Vincent, Eric Zhong and Eric Noe.
Department chairman is Tommy Berry.
The Spell Bowl team
competed at the Area Spell Bowl and the DAC Spell Bowl. Members of the Spell
Bowl team are: Spencer Pritchard, JP Pritchard, Galen Wong, Marissa
Sullivan, Bethany Van Drie, Natalie Wozniak, Eric Zhong, Christopher Krause,
Keagan Wong, Lily Hull, Justin Brinkley, Mark Wilcox, Cara Sullivan, George
Romero, Joe Hull and Hayden Hodge. Their coach is Jennifer Jendrzejczyk.
Krause and Natalie Wozniak were standout competitors at the event. Krause,
for spelled 11 words correctly and Wozniak spelled 10 words correctly in the
season. The team earned second place at the DAC competition.
Krause and Natalie Wozniak were honored as DAC All Stars for their
contributions to the Spell Bowl team.
The Chesterton High
School Japanese Olympiad team won the state championship in the third-year
division, and was runner-up in the fourth-year and second-year divisions at
the Japanese Olympiad of Indiana at Indiana University in Bloomington, held
Saturday, Feb. 22.
This was the
sixteenth Japan Bowl/Japanese Olympiad state championship for CHS.
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 third-year
team of Michelle Stramel, Elena Levi and Alaina Pamintuan defeated
Indianapolis North Central and Valparaiso in the final round to win the
state championship for a second consecutive year. The other third-year team
of Nathan Poczekay, George Romero and Sydney Shrum also turned in a good
In the fourth-year
division, the team of Chris Maatouk, Lily Hull and Matt Lutze was runner-up.
The team narrowly lost to Valparaiso and defeated Bloomington High School
North in the final round.
Kyle Krol, Sydney
Ghoreishi and Xaundra Rodriguez placed second, tying Indianapolis North
Central, but losing to Valparaiso in the closely contested final round
from ten high schools competed in this year’s competition. During the
competition, team members had an opportunity to participate in Japanese
modern and traditional cultural activities, including movies, traditional
games, musical performances and a karate demonstration.
team members are: Elena Levi, Alaina Pamintuan, Michelle Strael, Kyle Krol,
Nathan Poczekay, Sydney Shrum, Matt Lutze, Chris Maatouk, Lily Hull, Sydney
Ghoreishi, Xaundra Rodriguez and George Romero. Their coaches are John
Sparks and Aki Tsugawa.