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Academic Competitions 2017-2018

Date Competition Grades Location Time
October 30, 2018 Spell Bowl 6,7,8 Kesling 3:00-8:00pm (Contest @ 5:00pm)
November 13, 2018 Algebra American Math League 8 Kesling During School
November 14, 2019 Name that Book 6 Boston  
December 15, 2018 PTA Reflections 6,7,8 On their own Due at Kesling 12-15-18
January, 2019 - TBD National Geography Bee 7,8 Kesling During school
January 15, 2019 Kesling Spelling Bee 6,7,8 Kesling 3:00 - 4:15pm
February 12, 2019 LaPorte County Spelling Bee   Westville Registration @ 5:30pm
February 19, 2019 (Alt. February 26) Indiana Math League 6,7,8 Kesling During School
March 11, 2019 REMC Regional Spelling Bee 3-8 Wheeler TBD
TBD Math Counts   Valparaiso All Day
April, 2019 - TBD National Language Arts Contest 7 Kesling During School
April 27, 2019 Super Bowl 6,7,8 LPHS gym 8:00am to 12:00pm
October 12 - 20 Book Fair 6,7,8 Kesling  
April 10 - 21 Book Fair 6,7,8 Kesling  


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.