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EN Academic Super Bowl Hosts NE8 Conference

Michael Lehman, Editor-in-Chief

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Three days ago, 10 East Noble students joined forces and put their knowledge to the test at the NE8 Academic Super Bowl Conference meet. The event was hosted right at home in the cafeteria for the second consecutive year. While last year’s team earned a spot on the NE8 plaque and walked away as a conference champions, this year’s team experienced limited success. Of the six schools in attendance, East Noble ranked fifth with a final score of 73 out of the possible 150.

“[. . .] we did our best even if we didn’t score the highest,” said Sage Halsey, a senior who was captain of the English team and a member of the Fine Arts and Interdisciplinary teams. “We were all working together as a team, and that’s all that matters.”

That definitely is all that matters, considering the fact that the team dropped from 18 members to 10 within a single year. The Math, English, and Interdisciplinary teams also were in the front of the pack during their rounds but ultimately fell to fourth place, just narrowly missing each opportunity to nab some ribbons.

The Academic Super Bowl team consists of six smaller teams: English, Science, Fine Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Interdisciplinary—a combination of the previous five. Each team sits at a table and answers 25 multiple choice questions as they are read, one at a time, by the emcee. This year’s emcees included teachers like Mrs. Prater, Mr. Rickey, Mrs. Mazur, and Miss Mazzola.

Here are the full results of the night:

Science:
DeKalb – 19
Columbia City – 15
New Haven – 14
Leo – 12
East Noble – 10
Bellmont – 9

Fine Arts:
DeKalb – 19
Leo – 13
Bellmont – 12
Columbia City – 12
East Noble – 9
New Haven – 8

Social Studies:
Bellmont – 18
DeKalb – 16
Columbia City – 15
New Haven – 10
Leo – 10
East Noble – 7

Math:
DeKalb – 22
Columbia City – 22
Bellmont – 20
East Noble – 18
Leo – 18
New Haven – 16

English:
Leo – 16
DeKalb – 16
Columbia City – 14
East Noble – 13
Bellmont – 13
New Haven – 7

Interdisciplinary:
Bellmont – 18
Columbia City – 18
DeKalb – 17
East Noble – 16
New Haven – 12
Leo – 10

In the end, DeKalb won the NE8 Conference with a score of 109. Columbia City and Bellmont placed second and third with scores of 91 and 90, respectfully, followed by Leo with 79, East Noble with 73, and New Haven with 67.

This was the group’s second regular competition of the year. The first, which was hosted by Hamilton on February 27, was only a practice, but they will return to Hamilton on April 18 for their final regular competition. This next one is crucial because it determines which individual teams will advance to the state competition at Purdue University in May. Only one team has qualified for State in the last decade—the Interdisciplinary team back in 2014—and although the team faced some struggles at the NE8 event, its students aren’t ruling out going to State just yet.

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