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Academic Competition


Academic Decathlon competition consists of six timed, written tests of academic strength, three demonstrations of communication ability, and the Super Quiz.  The tests and demonstrations are as follows:

  1. Economics
  2. Fine arts
  3. Language and Literature
  4. Mathematics
  5. Science
  6. Social Science
  7. Essay Writing
  8. Interview
  9. Speech
  10. Super Quiz

A team consists of 9 students from any grade level.  Each team must include 3 Varsity (0.00-2.99 GPA), 3 Scholastic (3.00-3.74 GPA), and 3 Honor (3.75-4.00 GPA) students. 

Coach: Jessica Niksch


Envirothon is an environmental competition.  Participants answer questions about the environment and attempt to show their knowledge in five different categories.  The top four teams will go on to the state competition.  The state winner moves on to the national level.

The schedule:
Members also try to meet once a week whenever possible.

Coach: Starr Rice

Future Problem Solvers:

Future Problem Solvers is an international program derived to encourage students to use creative methods fro solving problem scenarios. Our students work in teams of four. They study such topics as global warming, nutrition, or a cashless society; then the students work as a team to determine the most effective solution to futuristic challenges. Each team will submit a booklet which would qualify them to compete in Indianapolis at the state level. We had teams compete at the state level four times out of the past nine years, and once the team went on to national competition. 

Coach: TBA


JETS, Junior Engineering Technical Society, is a competition designed for students who are interested in becoming an engineer. This club exposes them to actual engineering challenges. 

Students work as a team of 4-8 students in these subjects: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Applications, English, and Physics.  The teams will have 1 1/2 hours to answer the test with 8 problems and 80 questions.  After a 15 minute break, teams answer additional in-depth questions in another 1 1/2 hour time period.  The top scoring team will move on to the next level of competition which is the national level and will be held later in the spring.  The senior class size determines which division we will compete.  Approximately 15-18 teams will represent different schools in the area.

Coach: Brent VanHook

Knowledge Masters:

Knowledge Master Open is a challenging trivia contest.  Recognizing academic excellence is the primary intent of the contest.  As a team, students are given 200 questions that require higher-level thinking skills and cover 14 curriculum areas. Questions in the competition are multiple-choice, and they represent the cognitive levels of knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis.  Our school competes with other high schools throughout the state of Indiana.

Coach: Angela Saoud

Math League:

Members of the math league challenge their math skills.

The Schedule:
Members of the math club compete in spring competitions such as the IUSB High School Mathematics Competition.
Members also compete at the Indiana State Mathematics Contest at Purdue North Central.

Coach: Tim Beres

Quiz Bowl:

Quiz Bowl is the high school version of "Jeopardy."  It features an electronic buzzer lockout system.  In each competition, team members are given general knowledge questions to answer, ranging from sports to science to literature.  The first person who buzzes in with the correct answer scores points for their team.  Each match is divided into four different quarters, with each quarter having its own unique setup and difficulty.  If you enjoy the "Jeopardy" game show, you'll enjoy Quiz Bowl!

The schedule:
The team competes in nine matches over the course of the season which lasts from January to March. 
In March, the team competes in the DAC Quiz Bowl Tournament in which the champion receives an automatic bid to the state competition which is usually in late April or May. In addition to the champion going to state, the team could also qualify for a state appearance based on their performance in the first nine regular season matches.

Coach: John Sherrick

Science Olympiad:

Science Olympiad is a team competition that requires knowledge of various science topics and engineering abilities. Over 14,000 teams from the US and Canada compete each year. Topics include: Ecology, Egg-O-Naut (rocket launching an egg without breaking it), Environmental Chemistry, Electric Vehicle, Forensics, Herpetology (knowledge of reptiles and amphibians), Junkyard Challenge, and Physics Lab… New events are added each year. Come find out if there is one for you during our November callout. Regional competition is at Goshen College the second Saturday in February.    http://www.goshen.edu/bio/SciOlymp/

Coach: Mark Messacar

Spell Bowl:

Spell bowl is a competition based on spelling skills.  In each competition, team members are given a list of nine words to spell, with each correctly spelled word adding one point to the team's overall score.  Typically, the teams with the top two scores advance to the state competition. 

The schedule:
DAC Spell Bowl on September at Merrillville High School or Andrean High School. (Placed 3rd in 2006)
IASB Senior Division on October at Portage High School. (Placed 3rd in 2006)
IASB State in November. (Depending on their performance in the last two competitions)

Coach: John Sherrick

Super Bowl:

Super Bowl is open to all students in grades 9-12.  The teams are made up of five squads of four students each, one squad for each subject area. A sixth team made up of six students will participate in the Interdisciplinary squad.

The subject areas covered are English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Fine Arts.  Each subject competition consists of 25 multiple choice questions projected on a screen. Team members have 20 seconds to agree on an answer.

Coach: Jessica Niksch


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