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Lakeland hosts Academic Super Bowl


Lakeland Leading Edge High School hosted an Academic Super Bowl on March 12. Fifteen squads representing eight schools participated.

The questions were supplied by the state organization and the topic was “Colonial and Revolutionary America.”

The evening began with Mindy Zambarda singing the national anthem. The emcee for the evening was LHS Principal Eva Merkel, who announced the rules and introduced the reader for the science round, Dr. Bill DeMott. That round was won by Angola’s first team with 20 points. Lakeland came in 2nd, Hamilton was 3rd, West Noble 2nd squad was 4th, and West Noble’s first squad was 5th.

The second round of competition was the fine arts round, with questions read by Kay Beams. West Noble took 5th, Fremont took 4th, Lakeland was 3rd, and Hamilton was 2nd. Westview took first place, with 18 points.

The very challenging social studies questions were read by David Schmidt, which had Lakeland in 5th place, Hamilton in 4th, Westview in 3rd, West Noble in 2nd, and Angola in 1st with 12 points.

Tony Williams read the questions for the math competition, Lakeland was 5th, Westview was 4th, Angola was 3rd, West Noble took 2nd, and the round was won by Hamilton with 18 points.

In the last individual subject area round, the English questions were read by Gerrit Geurs. West Noble came in 5th place, Hamilton was 4th, Westview was 3rd, Prairie Heights was 2nd, and host school Lakeland won the first place trophy with 15 points.

The final competition of the evening is always 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 Tony Williams. Hamilton’s 1st team received the 5th place ribbons, Lakeland was 4th, Prairie Heights was 3rd, Angola’s 2nd team took 2nd, and Hamilton’s 2nd team was first with 14 points.

The recipient of the overall trophy was Hamilton High School with 86 points. Lakeland High School finished in 2nd place with 78 points and Angola was a close third with 73.

The scorekeeper was Allecia Leer. Gina Papineau was in charge of projection and sound for the evening.

The next competition will be on April 17. The high scorers at that competition will go on to compete at the state level in May in West Lafayette, Ind.

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.