LOWELL | The Lowell High School Academic Super Bowl team competed in Indiana’s largest academic competition this spring in Merrillville, where they were pitted against other area high schools, Merrillville, Munster, Crown Point, Lake Central, Gary West Side, and Gary Lew Wallace for Area competition.
About 350 high schools annually participate in the Academic Super Bowl, which allows students to choose their favorite field of study and work together as a team, answering 25 questions. Students can choose to be on math, science, fine arts, history, or English squad, and this year’s theme was Ancient Greece.
"The Red Devils had their best year since 2006," said LHS Academic Teams Director and teacher Joe Gianotti.
Leading the charge was the Science team, captained by junior Josh Bottos, with team members senior Nick Porras and juniors Emma Turner and Shanya Turner. The students were coached by LHS math teacher Ann Fountain.
The team answered the first 24 questions correctly before missing the last question, but easily qualified for the state finals held at Purdue University last month, where they did not place among the top three teams.
The Science team studied planetary opposition, saponification, stoichiometry, zoology, botany, and medicine, plus many other topics, in preparation for competition. "They are the second Lowell Science team to make state, joining the 2005 squad," Gianotti added.
"Lowell’s Social Studies and English teams had great nights as well, though they both missed the state finals, needing just one more correct answer to qualify," Gianotti reported.
The Social Studies team was captained by sophomore Paul Greaney, and his teammates included seniors Megan Suarez and Lindsay Ward, and junior Cecelia Guelinas. The team was coached by LHS social studies teacher Chris Werling, and they finished their season ranked ninth out of 83 Indiana schools.
The English squad was captained by junior Baylee Bunce, joined by seniors Megan Suarez and Rebecca Greaney and juniors Delilah Schultz, Mallory Slavis. The English team was coached by LHS Spanish teacher Maureen Frame, and they finished the year ranked 11th in the state.
Lowell’s Fine Arts team finished 21st in state competition, missing the state finals by just two questions. They were coached by English teacher Christine Hickman and featured senior captain Hannah Felder and junior teammates Jake Lang and Annie Kennelly.
"The math and interdisciplinary teams ran into stiff competition, but they put up valiant efforts," Gianotti said. The Math team was comprised of Julia Witvliet, Vicki Miley, and Nathan Wornhoff. Josh Bottos captained the Interdisciplinary team with help from Paul Greaney, Baylee Bunce, and Hannah Felder.