North White HS Academic Super Bowl Team
What is Academic Super Bowl?
Indiana Academic Super Bowl consists of 6 teams that compete in these categories: Fine Arts, English, Social Studies, Math, Science, plus an Interdisciplinary category. Each year the state sets up a "theme" or time period from which all questions in each category originate. This year's theme is "Colonial & Revolutionary America." Teams organize by Christmas break and start preparing for competition in January. A list of research sources and practice questions will be available to study. Check this website or listen for announcements regarding a Callout Meeting and a Practice Schedule.
The North White High School Academic Super Bowl coaches are: Fine Arts - Mr. Halliwell, English - Mr. DeLion, Social Studies - Ms. Miller, Math - Ms. Longster, Science and Interdisciplinary - Mr. Kiester. Mr. Kiester is also the overall coordinator of the program.
You may go to the state's website below (hyperlink is in pink!) to access information about everything there is to know about Indiana Academic Super Bowl, including topics, study guides, practice questions, and rules of the game. Preliminary Study Guides are normally available by the time school begins in August and are usually finalized by late October.
Link to Indiana Academic Super Bowl Website
North White Academic Super Bowl HistoryNorth White High School has had a long history of success in Academic Super Bowl. The 1995 Social Studies Team was our first Academic Super Bowl State Champion, and we had several State Runner-up finishes through 2003 in English, Social Studies, and Fine Arts. Even more recently, the English Team was a State Finalist in both 2004 and 2007. In 2008, the tradition of excellence again lived on. Both the 2008 Social Studies and Interdisciplinary Teams qualified for the State Finals and finished as State Runner-up! We planned on continuing that tradition of excellence in 2009, and continue the tradition, we did! All six teams in the State Finals, only the 3rd time in State Tournament history that this has ever happened. And what a State Finals it was: one State Runner-up and five State Champions - an all-time Indiana Academic State Tournament record! And again in 2010, another banner year! Three teams return to the State Finals and we bring home two more State Champions and one State Runner-up! In 2011, the beat goes on: Three more teams to the State Finals with one 5th place finish, one State Runner-up, and another State Championship! That now makes 17 trips to the State Finals, 31 teams in all since 1989, with the past five years alone resulting in 15 teams sent with one 5th place finish, one 4th place finish, 5 State Runner-ups, and 8 State Champions. THE VIKINGS RULE!!!
2012 Practice Schedule:
Teams will be assembled by mid-January.
THERE WILL BE A GENERAL MEETING OF ALL COACHES AND TEAM MEMBERS DURING VIKES ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2012 IN MR. KIESTER'S ROOM. EVERYONE PLEASE BE THERE!
Practices will be in full swing after we return to school in January - check with
your Coach to make sure when you practices begin! (normally in mid-January)
The 2012 Academic Super Bowl tentative practice schedule is as follows:
Science Team: Tuesday's after school (begins Jan. 17) Math Team: Monday's after school (begins Jan. 23)
Social Studies Team: Thursday's after school (begins Jan. 12) Fine Arts Team: Friday's after school (begins Jan. 16)
English Team: Friday's after school (begins Dec. 2) Interdisciplinary Team: Wednesday's after school, beginning in March
Invitational Tournament #1 will be Thursday, March 1 at Purdue - North Central in Westville
Invitational Tournament #2 will be Monday, March 12 at Western HS in Russiaville
Area (State Qualifier) Tournament will be Tuesday, April 17 at North Judson-San Pierre HS in North Judson
State Finals will be Saturday, May 5 at Purdue University in West Lafayette
2012 Tournament Results:
Invitational Competition #1: Thursday, March 1 at Purdue North Central
North White Results: Social Studies - 2nd, Math - 4th, English - 4th,
Science - 1st, Fine Arts - 3rd, Interdisciplinary - 6th
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall (9 schools, all classes): CHAMPION!
The North White High School Academic Super Bowl Team picked up their first 2012 tournament victory at the Purdue-North Central Invitational Tournament in Westville, although victory was never assured until the last 5 questions of the Interdisciplinary competition. The Vikings turned in a dominating performance in Science and solid performances in both Social Studies and Fine Arts to lead the team to an overall 82-76 victory over a good Michigan City team. Just as importantly, the Vikings also managed to score enough points in the English, Math, and Interdisciplinary competitions to help lead them to victory. In winning the championship over a field of nine schools, the Vikings and then Michigan City were followed by LaPorte in 3rd place with 73 points, Porter-Lake County Home Scholars with 72, LaCrosse with 70, River Forest with 68, Michigan City Marquette with 55, Oregon-Davis with 54, and Elkhart Christian with 51. The Vikings now head to Western High School on March 12 for the always-tough tournament there.
Invitational Competition #2: Monday, March 12 at Western HS
North White Results: Social Studies - 3rd, Math - 3rd, English - 2nd,
Science - 1st, Fine Arts - 4th, Interdisciplinary - t-4th
Class 4 Placing: RUNNER-UP Overall: (19 schools, all classes): 4th
The North White High School Academic Super Bowl Team had their hands full at the always-tough Western High School Invitational Tournament in Russiaville, but paced by a win by the Science team, a 2nd place finish by the English team, and 3rd place finishes in both Social Studies and Math to earn an overall 2nd place finish in Class 4 as well as a 4th place finish among all 19 schools competing. The Vikings Science team turned in another strong performance in outpacing the entire field with a score of 19, just barely picking up the victory by a single question over Guerin Catholic, Eastern, and Tri-Central. The Vikings' solid perfomances in English, Social Studies, Math, and Fine Arts also helped them to score enough points to finish as high as they did overall.
In Class 4, Tri-Central came up the winner with an overall score of 84. The Vikings came in 2nd with 79, followed by Indianapolis Scecina with 78, Guerin Catholic with 73, Pioneer with 70, Clinton Central with 69, and North Miami with 52. The overall winner in the entire competition was Taylor, who turned in a very strong performance with a score of 96. Tri-Central's 84 was good enough for the Runner-up spot, Benton Central claimed 3rd with 80, the Vikings captured 4th with 79, and Indianapolis Scecina rounded out the top 5 with 78.
The Vikings' five disciplinary teams now have a little over a month to reflect on their two Invitational performances and to figure out what topics they need to focus their study efforts on in order to make a strong showing at the Area Tournament and hopefully score highly enough to qualify for the Academic Super Bowl State Finals for the 6th straight year. We'll see if the Vikings' senior leadership and experience can lead them there once again!
A LOOK BACK...
2011: North White Academic Team
Captures Another State Championship!
Your NWHS Academic Super Bowl Team put on another fine display at the Academic Super Bowl State Finals this past Saturday at Purdue, showing once again that they are still a force to be reckoned with in the small school class (Class 4) in academic prowess. In front of an estimated crowd of over 500 enthusiastic fans in Purdue’s Loeb Theater, the Vikings brought home another State Championship banner to North White, winning the title in English in a three-way draw with both Hamilton and Randolph Southern. The Fine Arts team also captured the State Runner-up prize and the Social Studies team turned in a fine 5th place performance. Viking academic pride still lives on, as evidenced by a very vocal contingent of fans dressed in blue who loudly cheered on their teams.
The English team’s performance in the opening competition was heart-stopping. In a pulsating, start-to-finish, good old-fashioned barnburner, the English team scratched and clawed and ran toe-to-toe with both Hamilton and Randolph Southern the entire 25 questions and ended up in a three-way tie at 20 points apiece for the State Championship. Even after all three tiebreaking systems were utilized, it was still a tie! It would be fair to say that all three teams were deserving, too - there was never more than a one question difference between the three teams all the way. Academic coordinator Kent Kiester said after the first competition, “Wow, talk about nerve-wracking! The scores kept swinging back and forth on practically every question. No one knew who had won until the final scores were flashed on the board, and when the three-way tie came up, we all went crazy!” Congratulations to captain Lindsey Hintz, Megan Roberts, Katie Sparks, and coach Warren DeLion on bringing a State Championship back home to our beloved North White - which makes three consecutive years now that we've won at least one title.” When asked about the crazy, thrilling finish to the English round, Coach DeLion had a great comment: "I think Divine intervention brought about a three-way tie for the three best teams in the State in our class. How else do you answer the prayers of so many?"
In the Fine Arts competition, North White led Orleans by one point at the halfway point, 9-8. Orleans pulled into a tie soon thereafter and it remained tied through question sixteen. The critical point in the game came on the next four questions, where the Vikings were outscored 4-0. They couldn’t recover from that little drought and ended up falling 18-15, claiming the runner-up prize. Still, this team, captained by senior Erin Minnick since her 10th grade year, was one for the record books for the Vikings as they made three consecutive trips to the State Finals and captured one championship and two runner-up finishes. Besides Minnick, hats off to teammates Sara Vana, Michel Culross, and Lexi Shriver in addition to coach Mike Halliwell. Coach Halliwell replied when asked about the competition’s outcome, “I don't think we had the best of luck on Saturday. The team studied hard and was more than prepared, but it seems like every time we weren't sure of which one of two answers was correct, it was always the other answer. It just happens that way sometimes.”
The Social Studies team started off well in this always-tough competition, holding their own and only trailing by only two points at halftime to Hebron, 10-8. The Vikings had a rough second half, however, and finished with 13 points for 5th place. Orleans caught Hebron on the game’s last question and ended up winning the title, 20-19. Still, this was a great finish by the Vikings. Other than the aforementioned Roberts and Hintz, this team overall was young and inexperienced. “It was a learning process for our younger players and we will come back stronger next year for it,” said Kiester afterwards. Coach Miller put the season into perspective even better, saying, "Win or lose the journey was the important part of the year with these girls. I could not be more proud of them." The Vikings Social Studies team was comprised of captain Megan Roberts, Lindsey Hintz, Elainna Culross, and Kalisa Mitchell and is coached by Kathy Miller.
After the Vikings’ final performance of the day, Kiester said, “I am extremely proud of this team and our entire coaching staff, and in particular our seniors. We are losing three dedicated seniors this year that have been directly responsible for 14, yes, FOURTEEN, State Finals appearances in the past three years – Erin Minnick, Lindsey Hintz, and Megan Roberts. They have also played a direct role in SIX State Championships in that same three-year period. They have brought academic honor and pride to our school when we really needed it. For that, we will never forget them and their contributions to this team.”
Mr. Kiester also wanted to pay tribute to Social Studies coach Kathy Miller for her second State Finals appearance in the past three years as well as a special shout-out to English coach Warren DeLion for securing his second state title in the past three years. Hoist another banner – way to go, Vikings!
2011 North White HS Academic Super Bowl Team
1 STATE CHAMPION, 1 RUNNER-UP, and 1 5th PLACE!
Front Row, (L-R): Kalisa Mitchell, Sara Vana, Megan Roberts, Lexi Shriver, Erin Minnick
Back Row, (L-R): Elainna Culross, Katie Sparks, Michel Culross, Lindsey Hintz
2011 Tournament Results:
Invitational Competition #1: Thursday, March 3 at Purdue North Central
North White Results: Social Studies - 6th, Math - 5th, English - 1st,
Science - 1st, Fine Arts - 1st, Interdisciplinary - 5th
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall (6 schools, all classes): CHAMPION!
The North White High School Academic Super Bowl Team picked up their first 2011 tournament victory, turning in a solid performance overall in winning the Purdue North Central Invitational Tournament in Westville. The Vikings captured three first-place finishes out of six events and managed to score enough points in the other three to finish with a total of 84 points to win the overall tournament championship over a field of six schools. The runner-up was River Forest with 77 points, followed by LaCrosse with 76, LaPorte with 63, Michigan City Marquette with 59, and Elkhart Christian with 41.
Invitational Competition #2: Monday, March 14 at Western HS
North White Results: Social Studies - 2nd, Math - 2nd, English - 1st,
Science - 1st, Fine Arts - 2nd, Interdisciplinary - 1st
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall: (22 schools, all classes): CHAMPION!
For the fourth year in a row, North White’s Academic Super Bowl Team traveled to Western High School’s big invitational tournament, hoping to duplicate the Class 4 (small school class) championship that they had captured the three previous years and also to try and win an overall team championship that they had done in both 2008 and 2009. Although it was tense and tight to the finish, the Vikings came through victorious again, beating Pioneer for the Class 4 championship and holding off host Western for the overall tournament championship.
In a field of 22 teams from across central and north-central Indiana, the Vikings once again showed their overall strength in all categories to claim the title. North White had first place finishes in Class 4 in the English, Science, and Interdisciplinary categories and runner-up finishes in the Fine Arts, Social Studies, and Math categories. Their score in Interdisciplinary topped the entire field and those in English and Science were second overall, while none of their scores were lower than fifth out of twenty-two, which greatly contributed to their overall high score.
The Vikings finished the competition with the overall top score of 95 points. In Class 4, Pioneer finished second with a score of 73, followed by Tri-Central with 69, Clinton Central with 68, North Miami with 67, and Indianapolis Scecina with 57. In the overall standings, Western won the Class 2 division and came in runner-up overall with a score of 89. Benton Central came in third overall with a score of 86, followed by Taylor with 84 and Twin Lakes with 78 (hats off to the Twin Lakes team as well) who rounded out the top five. Jay County finished sixth overall with 75, followed by Pioneer with 73, Delphi with 72, and Frankfort and Tri-Central rounded out the top ten tied at ninth with 69.
Area Competition (State Qualifier): Tuesday, April 19 at North Judson HS
North White Results: Social Studies - 1st, English - 1st, Fine Arts - 1st,
Science - 2nd, Math - 2nd, Interdisciplinary - 5th
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall: (16 schools, all classes): CHAMPION!
2011: STATE FINALS BOUND AGAIN!
North White returning to Academic State Finals for 5th Consecutive Year
The Viking Academic Express hasn’t let up steam just yet, as evidenced by another strong performance at North Judson this past Tuesday during the State Finals-qualifying Area Tournament. The Vikings had no intention of breaking their 4-year streak of sending at least one team to the Academic State Finals, and they came through with yet another solid performance, capturing three Area Championships and sending the English, Fine Arts, and Social Studies teams back to Purdue next month to try and add to the school’s seven State Championships in the past two years. The Fine Arts team will be defending their 2010 State Championship, while both the English and Social Studies teams will be returning to the finals after a one-year absence to try and reclaim their State Championship-winning form from 2009.
According to Kyle Harrop, program director of the Department of Student Programs from the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP), “There were 5423 students from 293 schools all across Indiana that competed at the Area Tournaments this past Tuesday evening at 21 sites across the state, and 105 of those schools are sending at least one team to the State Finals. North White has now sent 15 teams the past five years, including three this year, so a hearty congratulations to them on another impressive performance. They are also the only small school this year to send three teams.” The Vikings compete in Class 4 (Class 1A in athletics), the small school division, along with 63 other schools and only five schools qualify for the State Finals in each of six disciplines: Social Studies, Math, English, Science, Fine Arts, and Interdisciplinary.
At the Area Tournament, in addition to the three championships the Vikings captured they also captured Area Runner-up finishes in both Science and Math. Both of those teams didn’t miss qualifying for State by much, each missing the cutoff score by only three questions. “I couldn’t be prouder of the Math team,” said Kiester, “as they performed far better at Area than they did all season. That team was hit hard by graduation this year and they really pulled together at Area and played an outstanding game. My hat’s off to them and their coach, Mrs. Longster.” The Interdisciplinary team captured a 5th place finish at Area, missing out on a State berth by five questions. “I’m not sure what happened with our Science and Interdisciplinary teams,” lamented Kiester, “I thought we had a great opportunity to advance both teams to State but for whatever reason, it just wasn’t our night. The buck stops with me on those two teams so I’ll have to chew on that one for awhile. It happens.”
For the third consecutive year, North White was the overall Class 4 Area Champion, finishing the competition with 95 points. Kouts came in 2nd with 87 and Morgan Township was 3rd with 75. The Vikings also captured the all-around Area Championship for the 3rd consecutive year, besting the other 13 teams in all classes. Behind the Vikings’ 95 points and Kouts’ 87 in the all-around standings were North Judson with 83, Rensselaer with 79, Morgan Township with 75, Bremen and LaVille both tied with 74, LaCrosse with 73, Tippecanoe Valley with 70, and Knox rounded out the top ten with 62. Kiester also noted the winning and all-around scores were lower than last year. “Except for English and Math, all the winning scores across the board were at least a couple points lower than last year. I thought the topic this year was much more broad and covered a much larger time period, which caused difficulties in knowing just how much to study for each subject.”
Members of the State-bound Fine Arts team, coached by Mr. Mike Halliwell, include captain Erin Minnick, Sara Vana, Michel Culross, and Lexi Shriver. The English team is coached by Mr. Warren DeLion and includes captain Lindsey Hintz, Megan Roberts, and Katie Sparks. Members of the Social Studies team, coached by Ms. Kathy Miller, include captain Megan Roberts, Lindsey Hintz, Elainna Culross, and Kalisa Mitchell.
The Academic State Finals will be held on Saturday, May 7 beginning at 10:30 am in Purdue’s Loeb Theater, located inside the Stewart Center at the west end of the building. Admission is free, and parking is free in the nearby Grant Street parking garage. The Vikings will compete at 10:30 am (English), 12:30 pm (Fine Arts), and 1:30 pm (Social Studies). It is the hope of the team and coaches that a large, vocal contingent of family, friends, school personnel, and North White School Corporation community members can attend this great event and help cheer on the Vikings to yet another State Championship. GO VIKINGS!
State Finals: Saturday, May 7 at Purdue University (Loeb Theater, Stewart Center)
North White Results:
English (10:30 am) - STATE CHAMPION!
Fine Arts (12:30 pm) - STATE RUNNER-UP!
Social Studies (1:30 pm) - STATE 5th PLACE!
2010: VIKINGS MAKE TRIUMPHANT RETURN
TO THE STATE FINALS - 2 MORE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS!
News Article from 2010 State Finals
The North White Academic Super Bowl Team followed up an all-time Indiana state record-breaking year from 2009 with another eye-opening performance in 2010: three teams made their triumphant return to the State Finals! The Math & Science Teams both get to defend their 2009 State Titles while the Fine Arts Team gets a chance at redemption for last year's State Runner-up finish and hopes to earn their first State Title in 2010. Overall, this makes the 4th consecutive year that the Vikings have sent at least one team to Academic Super Bowl's State Finals in Purdue's Loeb Theater. And...
... YES! Your NWHS Academic Super Bowl Team put on another fine display at the Academic Super Bowl State Finals on Saturday, May 8 at Purdue, once again showing that last year’s state record-breaking five championships and one runner-up finish in the small school class (Class 4) were no fluke. In front of a estimated crowd of over 600 enthusiastic fans in Purdue’s Loeb Theater, the Vikings brought home two more State Championship banners to North White: winning the title in both Math and Fine Arts and just missing out on a 3rd by claiming the Runner-up prize in Science. It was an edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting, teeth-grinding, sweaty-palms kind of day for the Vikings and especially their large contingent of fans in the audience, as all three Finals matches the Vikings were in went down to the very last question!
The Math team trailed by 1-2 questions nearly the entire game, and yet managed to get the last 3 questions correct while the schools ahead of them faltered, and although they ended up in a 14-14-14 tie with both the Indiana Academy and White River Valley, the tiebreaker system favored the Vikings on that very last question. The Science team then had their own nail-biter, either tying or trailing by 1 or 2 questions virtually their entire game as well. The Vikings trailed by one going into the last question and pulled it off, again creating a 3-way tie with both Kouts and Lanesville at 19-19-19, but by virtue of the 2nd tiebreaker, Kouts claimed the title with the Vikings coming in 2nd. In the sweetest game of them all, the Vikings Fine Arts Team finally got their sweet taste of victory that just eluded them last year, leading virtually the entire game in claiming their State Championship. Not to be outdone by the nerve-wracking endings of the previous two contests, the Vikings had a one-question lead going into the last question and had to get it correct to clinch the win - and although they didn't, neither did the runner-up Hamilton, with the Vikings prevailing 19-18.
I am extremely proud of this team and my entire coaching staff. We are losing 5 seniors that I will never, ever forget - Jason Triplett, Allyson Culross, Lydia Hickman, Dustin Shadbolt, and Ashley Culross. All they did for our school in the past 3 years was bring home 7 (yes, that's SEVEN) State Championships and 4 State Runner-up's out of a possible 18 total prizes. They set an all-time Indiana State Academic Super Bowl Championship record last year that may never be broken. They have brought a huge sense of academic pride to our school when we really needed it. To say that I am sad, maybe even devastated, that I am going to lose them after the end of this month to graduation would be an understatement. It will be extremely difficult having to say good-bye to them, and I don't look forward at all in doing so. I also want to pay special tribute to two of my coaches: Fine Arts coach Mr. Halliwell for securing his first State Title, and especially to Math coach Ms. Longster who is now the two-time defending State Champion coach in Math!
2010 North White HS Academic Super Bowl Team & Coaches
2 STATE CHAMPIONS & 1 RUNNER-UP!
Front Row, (L-R): Lydia Hickman, Erin Minnick, Allyson Culross, Wade Rogers
Back Row, (L-R): Fine Arts Coach Mr. Mike Halliwell, Dustin Shadbolt, Jason Triplett, Math Coach Ms. Mary Longster, Kain Pearson, Science Coach Mr. Kent Kiester
2010 North White HS Fine Arts Team: STATE CHAMPION! (AREA CHAMPION)
(L-R): Lydia Hickman, Dustin Shadbolt, Coach Mr. Mike Halliwell, Captain Erin Minnick, and Allyson Culross
2010 North White HS Math Team: STATE CHAMPION - TWO IN A ROW! (AREA CHAMPION)
(L-R): Wade Rogers, Kain Pearson, Captain Jason Triplett, and Coach Mrs. Mary Longster
2010 North White HS Science Team: STATE RUNNER-UP! (AREA RUNNER-UP)
(L-R): Lydia Hickman, Captain Jason Triplett, Wade Rogers, Coach Mr. Kent Kiester, Kain Pearson, and Erin Minnick
2010 North White HS Social Studies Team (AREA RUNNER-UP)
(L-R): Captain Ashley Culross, Megan Roberts, Hunter McBurnett, Lindsey Hintz, and Coach Ms. Kathy Miller
2010 North White HS English Team (AREA 3rd PLACE)
(L-R): Lindsey Hintz, Megan Roberts, Captain Allyson Culross, Hunter McBurnett, and Coach Mr. Warren Delion
2010 North White HS Interdisciplinary Team (AREA 5th PLACE)
(L-R): Captain Jason Triplett, Allyson Culross, Erin Minnick, Ashley Culross, and Coach Mr. Kent Kiester
2010 Tournament Results:
Invitational Competition #1: Monday, March 8 at Hamilton Heights HS
North White Results: Social Studies - 2nd, Math - 1st, English - 1st,
Science - 1st, Fine Arts - 1st, Interdisciplinary - 1st
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall (11 schools, all classes): CHAMPION!
Invitational Competition #2: Monday, March 15 at Western HS
North White Results: Social Studies - 4th, Math - 4th, English - 5th,
Science - 1st, Fine Arts - 1st, Interdisciplinary - 2nd
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall: (21 schools, all classes): 4th
Area Competition (State Qualifier): Tuesday, April 20 at North Judson HS
North White Results: Social Studies - 2nd, Math - 1st, English - 3rd,
Science - 2nd, Fine Arts - 1st, Interdisciplinary - 5th
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall: (22 schools, all classes): CHAMPION!
State Finals: Saturday, May 8 at Purdue University (Loeb Theater, Stewart Center)
North White Results:
Math (11:30 am) - STATE CHAMPION - TWO IN A ROW!
Science (1:30 pm) - STATE RUNNER-UP!
Fine Arts (2:30 pm) - STATE CHAMPION!
2009: A YEAR THAT WILL LIVE FOREVER IN
NORTH WHITE VIKING HISTORY!
Academic Super Bowl State Finals
Saturday, May 9, 2009 - Purdue University
FIVE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS!
News Articles from the 2009 Season
The North White Academic Super Bowl Team earned a piece of state academic history in 2009 when they became only the third school to ever send all six teams to the Academic State Finals. On Saturday, May 9, 2009 at Purdue University’s Loeb Theater, they became a part of state academic history that they now hold all to themselves: winning five state championships out of six, and nearly winning the sixth with a runner-up finish! The Social Studies, Math, English, Science, and Interdisciplinary teams all captured the state title, and the Fine Arts team came so agonizingly close in capturing the runner-up spot.
Before a crowd estimated at more than 600, the Vikings came out of the gate fast in the Fine Arts competition, only to come up just short of winning to a hard-charging Orleans team at the very end, 20-18. Then, the Vikings completely took over the competition, running off five straight State Championship victories in the Social Studies, Math, English, Science, and Interdisciplinary competitions. The Social Studies team got their revenge on Orleans, beating them in another close game, 16-14. The Math team followed up with a wire-to-wire win over Kouts, 17-15.
The next competition, English, was a thriller. Trailing by four points and mired in 4th place at halftime, the Vikings roared out of the gate in the 2nd half and chipped away at Hamilton’s big lead until finally catching them at 21 on the next-to-last question. Both teams got the last question correct to finish in a 22-22 tie, but by virtue of the second tiebreaker, the Vikings came out with the thrilling victory.
Now the Vikings were on a roll, and they could feel it. The Science team came out and just dominated their competition from start to finish, beating Vincennes Rivet 18-13, and the Interdisciplinary team finished off the day with a fifth consecutive State Championship victory by defeating Lanesville, 19-15. The Interdisciplinary victory was especially sweet, since it was that same Lanesville team that denied them the State Championship last year by a single point on the very last question.
The Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) Executive Director Gerald Mohr and Department of School Programs Director Kyle Harrop, who oversees the Academic State Tournament, both heaped praise upon the Vikings, calling their five State Championships “unprecedented, amazing, remarkable, unmatched, and likely never to be duplicated or beaten again.” Both were amazed that the team consists of only thirteen students, while many schools have teams that consist of 20-30 students. “North White sits on the mountaintop alone, and they may never be knocked off of it,” was Harrop’s final comment of the Vikings’ unbelievable performance. “Many schools may never see five Academic State Championships in their history, but to have five in one year? Unreal!”
The Vikings Academic Super Bowl Team was in a class by itself in 2009, and all the credit goes to the students who worked so hard throughout the season to make this happen and the coaches who pushed and inspired them. Congratulations to Fine Arts team captain Erin Minnick and teammates Dustin Shadbolt, Lydia Hickman, and Allyson Culross; Social Studies team captain Amber Furrer and teammates Amber Mosher, Ashley Culross, and Megan Roberts; Math team captain Jason Triplett and teammates Jim Elliott, Ricky Homan, and Ashley Culross, English team captain Amber Furrer and teammates Sam Vana, Megan Roberts, Lindsey Hintz, and Allyson Culross; Science team captain Jason Triplett and teammates Jim Elliott, Erin Minnick, and Lydia Hickman; and Interdisciplinary team captain Amber Furrer and teammates Jason Triplett, Erin Minnick, Jim Elliott, and Allyson Culross. The Viking coaches are Mike Halliwell, Fine Arts; Kathy Miller, Social Studies; Mary Longster, Math; Warren DeLion, English; and Kent Kiester, Science, Interdisciplinary, and overall Coordinator.
Congratulations to all on an unbelievable season, and WAY TO GO VIKINGS, STATE ACADEMIC CHAMPIONS!
2009 North White HS Academic Super Bowl Team & Coaches
5 STATE CHAMPIONS & 1 RUNNER-UP
ALL-TIME INDIANA STATE ACADEMIC SUPER BOWL RECORD!
Front Row, (L-R): Ashley Culross, Allyson Culross, Megan Roberts, Amber Furrer
Second Row, (L-R): Amber Mosher, Lydia Hickman, Erin Minnick, Dustin Shadbolt
Third Row, (L-R): Lindsey Hintz, Jason Triplett, Jim Elliott, Ricky Homan, Sam Vana
Top Row: Social Studies Coach Ms. Kathy Miller, Fine Arts Coach Mr. Mike Halliwell, English Coach Mr. Warren DeLion, Science/Interdisciplinary Coach Mr. Kent Kiester, Math Coach Ms. Mary Longster
2009 North White HS Fine Arts Team: STATE RUNNER-UP!
(L-R): Lydia Hickman, Captain Erin Minnick, Allyson Culross, Dustin Shadbolt, Coach Mr. Mike Halliwell
2009 North White HS English Team: STATE CHAMPION!
(L-R): Coach Mr. Warren DeLion, Captain Amber Furrer, Sam Vana, Megan Roberts, Lindsey Hintz, Allyson Culross
2009 North White HS Social Studies Team: STATE CHAMPION!
(L-R): Megan Roberts, Amber Mosher, Captain Amber Furrer, Ashley Culross, Coach Ms. Kathy Miller
2009 North White HS Math Team: STATE CHAMPION!
(L-R): Ricky Homan, Ashley Culross, Coach Ms. Mary Longster, Jim Elliott, Jason Triplett
2009 North White HS Science Team: STATE CHAMPION!
(L-R): Erin Minnick, Coach Mr. Kent Kiester, Captain Jason Triplett, Jim Elliott, Lydia Hickman
2009 North White HS Interdisciplinary Team: STATE CHAMPION!
(L-R): Erin Minnick, Allyson Culross, Captain Amber Furrer, Jim Elliott, Jason Triplett, Coach Mr. Kent Kiester
2009 Tournament Results:
Invitational Competition #1: Tuesday, March 10 at Winamac HS
North White Results: Science - 1st, Math - 1st, Interdisciplinary - 1st,
Social Studies - 1st, Fine Arts - 2nd, English - 2nd
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall (11 schools, all classes): CHAMPION!
Invitational Competition #2: Monday, March 16 at Western HS
North White Results: Science - 2nd, Fine Arts - 2nd, Social Studies - 1st,
Math - 1st, English - 3rd, Interdisciplinary - 1st
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall (17 schools, all classes): CHAMPION!
Area Competition (State Qualifier): Tuesday, April 21 at North Judson HS
North White Results: Science - 1st, Fine Arts - 2nd, Social Studies - 1st,
Math - 1st, English - 1st, Interdisciplinary - 1st
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall (16 schools, all classes): CHAMPION!
State Finals: Saturday, May 9 at Purdue University (Loeb Theater, Stewart Center)
North White Results:
Fine Arts (10:30 am) - STATE RUNNER-UP!
Social Studies (11:30 am) - STATE CHAMPION!
Math (12:30 pm) - STATE CHAMPION!
English (1:30 pm) - STATE CHAMPION!
Science (2:30 pm) - STATE CHAMPION!
Interdisciplinary (3:30 pm) - STATE CHAMPION!
A Look Back at 2008:
2008 Academic Super Bowl Team & Coaches
Seated L-R: Erin Minnick, Sam Vana, Amber Furrer, and Amber Mosher
Standing L-R: Fine Arts Coach Mr. Mike Halliwell, Megan Roberts, Math Coach Ms. Mary Longster,
Jim Elliott, Jason Triplett, Ricky Homan, Ally Billue, Lorna Wilson,
Social Studies Coach Ms. Kathy Miller, and Science/Interdisciplinary Coach Mr. Kent Kiester
Not pictured: English Coach Ms. Molly Steffen
2008 Interdisciplinary Team: Class 4 STATE RUNNER-UP!
L-R: Erin Minnick, Amber Furrer, Jason Triplett, Jim Elliott, and Ricky Homan
2008 Social Studies Team: Class 4 STATE RUNNER-UP!
L-R: Coach Ms. Kathy Miller, Amber Furrer, Amber Mosher, and Megan Roberts
2008 Tournament Results:
Invitational Competition #1: Friday, March 7 at Winamac HS
North White Results: Science - 1st, Fine Arts - 1st, Social Studies - 1st,
Math - 1st, English - 2nd, Interdisciplinary - 2nd
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall (9 schools, all classes): RUNNER-UP!
Invitational Competition #2: Monday, March 10 at Western HS
North White Results: Science - 1st, Fine Arts - 1st, Social Studies - 1st,
Math - 4th, English - 1st, Interdisciplinary - 1st
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall (20 schools, all classes): CHAMPION!
Area Competition (State Qualifier): Tuesday, April 15 at North Judson HS
North White Results: Science - 3rd, Fine Arts - 1st, Social Studies - 1st,
Math - 3rd, English - 4th, Interdisciplinary - 1st
Class 4 Placing: CHAMPION! Overall (16 schools, all classes): CHAMPION!
State Finals: Saturday, May 3 at Purdue University (Loeb Theater, Stewart Center)
North White Results:
Social Studies (12:30 pm) - STATE RUNNER-UP!
Interdisciplinary (3:30 pm) - STATE RUNNER-UP!