The Chesterton High
Sshool 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 championships 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.