Students from 91 Indiana high schools to compete in Academic Super Bowl state finals

April 30, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Students from 91 Indiana high schools will participate in the 2015 Indiana Academic Super Bowl state finals May 9 at Purdue University.

The competition will be held in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. It is free and open to the public.

The schools competing in the state finals were among 279 schools that took part in preliminary competitions in late April. The 91 schools participating in the finals will bring 641 students.

Teams of up to five students will compete in six events: social studies, mathematics, English, science, fine arts and an interdisciplinary event. They will have less than 40 seconds to consult with teammates and provide a response to questions flashed on a screen, after which the correct answer will be disclosed. All rounds will focus on the 2015 theme "The Grandeur That Was Rome."

Greencastle High School in Greencastle and NorthWood High School in Nappanee qualified for state finals in five of the six rounds.  Twelve of the 24 teams who won state championships in 2014 qualified to defend their titles.

The Academic Super Bowl is organized by the Indiana Association of School Principals. Purdue is the lead corporate sponsor of all IASP academic competitions.

Kyle Harrop, program director for IASP, said the students are eager to demonstrate their mastery of the subjects. "Many teams begin preparing for this competition early in the school year," he said. "The Academic Super Bowl sparks a love of learning and a strong drive to succeed. It’s a pressure packed and exciting day of competition."

The schedule for the state finals is:

Opening ceremonies, 10:15 a.m.; math round, 10:30 a.m.; English round, 11:30 a.m.; science round, 12:30 p.m.; fine arts round, 1:30 p.m.; social studies round, 2:30 p.m.; and interdisciplinary round, 3:30 p.m.

Awards will be presented at the end of each round.

More details on the Academic Super Bowl, including a list of participating schools and the rounds they will compete in, are available at http://www.iasp.org/iace2/SuperStateFinals.html

Winners of each round also will be posted at that website periodically throughout the day. 

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

Source: Kyle L. Harrop, 317-947-4120, kharrop@iasp.org 

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