On March 14, eight area schools came together for a battle of the minds. Lakeland High School was once again the area host for the second round of the Academic Super Bowl invitational contests. Fifty-eight squads representing eight schools participated. The questions were supplied by the Indiana Association of School Principals. This year’s topic is “The Glory That was Ancient Greece.”
The evening began with Mindy Zambarda singing the National Anthem. The emcee for the evening, LHS Principal Eva Merkel, announced the rules and introduced Kay Beams who read the fine arts questions. That round was won by Hamilton High School with 22 points, Westview came in 2nd, and Lakeland was 3rd.
The second round of competition was the social studies round, with questions read by Lakeland Assistant Principal Chris Wilkins. Lakeland took first place, with 14 points, Angola Squad 1 was 2nd, and Fairfield was 3rd.
The math questions were read by Lakeland Science teacher Tony Williams. Lakeland’s team 2 won 1st place with 20 out or 25 very challenging questions answered correctly. Lakeland’s Team 1 was second and Westview came in 3rd.
Lakeland English teacher Gerritt Geurs was up next to read the English questions. The round was won by Hamilton with 18 points, Prairie Heights took 2nd and Lakeland was 3rd.
The last individual subject area round was science and the questions were read by Principal Eva Merkel. Angola Squad 1 won the first place trophy with 20 points, Jimtown was 2nd, and Lakeland placed 3rd.
The final competition of the evening was the interdisciplinary round which has questions from all five of the previous subjects. The teams are comprised of the best players from each school’s subject area teams. Questions were again read by Williams. Angola’s team was first with 15 points, Hamilton’s team took 2nd, Angola Squad 2 was 3rd, Lakeland was 4th, and Westview received the 5th place ribbon.
Lakeland had the home school advantage and took the overall trophy with 91 points. Hamilton High School finished in 2nd place with 91 points and Angola was third with 84.
The scorekeeper was Kelly Honer, with Tyler Brown in charge of projection and sound for the evening. Retired coach Elma Chapman helped in a variety of ways.
The next competition will be the area competition on April 16 at Hamilton High School. The high scorers at that competition will go on to compete at the state level in West Lafayette in early May.
The Academic Super Bowl is a program of the Indiana Association of School Principals’ Division of Student Activities. This is the 26th year of these competitions with a new topic being studied each year.