306 E. 18th Street
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-362-7507 Fax: 219-324-5712

Principal: Mr. Bill Wilmsen
Assistant Principal: Mr. Mark Fridenmaker

Academic Competitions 2017-2018

Date Competition Grades Location Time

November 1

Spell Bowl



3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

November 14

Name that Book




November 14

Algebra American Math League



During school.

December 15

PTA Reflections


On own.

Due at Kesling 1-10-18.

Jan. 9, 2018

Kesling Spelling Bee



3:00pm to 4:15pm

Jan. 10, 2018

National Geography Bee



During school.

Feb. 13, 2018

LaPorte County Spelling Bee


New Prairie

5:00pm to 8:00pm

Feb. 20, 2018

Indiana Math League



During school.

February 2018

Math Counts



All Day

March 8, 2018

REMC Regional Spelling Bee



5:00pm to 8:00 pm

April 2018

National Language Arts Contest



During school.

April 28, 2018

Super Bowl


LPHS gym

8:00am to 12:00pm

American Math League sponsors a 25 question, forty-minute multiple choice exam for 8th grade algebra students designed to promote the development of problem solving skills. Contest is held during math classes in November.

The Calculator Tournament is an in-house competition based on a student’s ability to comprehend and  solve problems with little emphasis based on speed.  All grades may participate.

Future Problem Solving is a team writing contest.  Several problems are researched and then solutions are prepared in written format and mailed to Indianapolis for grading.

Indiana Math League sponsors a contest that is multiple choice written test for all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Contest is held during math classes in February.

Knowledge Masters sponsors  a computerized nationwide contest.  Participants form a team and are given 100 challenging questions about general knowledge which require higher order thinking skills. There are four contests per year.

Math Counts is a competition for grades 6, 7, and 8 intending to inspire and challenge students. Up to eight students may compete.

Name That Book contest contest is for 6th graders and is sponsored by the LaPorte County Public Library. Each school is invited to enter at least one team of 5 students. Each team reads 15 books. During the November contest the teams match statements with book titles.

The National Geography Bee is a written test taken by all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to determine general knowledge of geography.

The National PTA Reflections Program is a national arts recognition and achievement contest open to students in grades K through 12. This twenty-six year old program stresses creativity in literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts.  All entries were due in February.

Solo and Ensemble Contest - Choir members who like to sing solos, sing in small groups, or who take piano lessons are encouraged to participate in the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest in February.  Registration is in November and rehearsal times will be made available with the director or an accompanist during specified times.   All entries must be submitted by the established deadline. 

Spell Bowl is a written, spelling contest where students are given  2100 words to study.  Competition is a team competition where students write the spelling words.  Contest is held in October at Kesling.

Spelling Bees - An oral Kesling contest held in January.  The district bee is in February and the countywide bee in March.

Super Bowl is a team contest sponsored by the Indiana Principals’ Association. Each year teams of students study a specific topic in science, social studies, English, and math.  The competition concludes with interdisciplinary round.  Contest is held at LPHS.

Midwest Talent Search is a program that identifies gifted middle school students through test scores on standardized tests and invites them to take college admission exams. The results of that testing help to further define the areas in which the students excel.  Students who choose to participate, and their parents, are then offered information about programs available to challenge those students.  Even if a student is unable to take advantage of the special programs, the early exposure to the SAT or ACT will help them be aware of what is expected of them as they go through high school.