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MHS Academic Giants headed to state with perfect math score

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School’s Academic Giants were the only team in the state to earn a perfect score in math in the recent regional Academic Super Bowl competition, propelling them on to the state competition. The MHS science squad also advanced to the state level.



The Marion High School Academic Giants math team celebrates their perfect score of 25 at the Area Super Bowl Competition on April 18, 2017. Members are, standing, (left to right): Micah Hoeksema, Elizabeth Wuertley, and Truman Bennet; and seated in front, Nick Spitzer. (Photo provided by Matt Bennet)


The Giants competed with 48 other schools at Area Competitions around the state on Tuesday for the right to advance to the state competition. The top five teams in each subject advance.

“This is the third year in a row for our math team to make it to state,” said MHS math teacher Doug Porter, the math team’s coach. “We think this is our year — we want to bring home the title!”

The Giants were fourth in the state in 2016, and were state runners-up in 2015. It is also the second year in a row the science team has advanced to the state competition.

The two groups will compete at Purdue University on Saturday, May 6. The science team will compete at 10:30 a.m., and the math team will compete at 1:30 p.m.

Marion students compete in Class 2 in the Academic Super Bowl Senior Division. The four class divisions are based on school size. Academic Super Bowl Senior Division competitions consist of five subject matter rounds (English, fine arts, math, science, social studies) and a sixth interdisciplinary round. Each year a theme is selected, and questions at the competitions center around that topic. This year’s topic is “The French Revolution”.

The Giants earned first place in math, and fourth place in science, earning state berths in both. They were just one place shy of a state berth in English, coming in sixth.

The students who will be competing for the Giants at the state competition are:
  • Math team: Truman Bennet, Micah Hoeksema, Nick Spitzer, and Elizabeth Wuertley
  • Science team: Tristan Galeon, Catie Griffin, Megan Griffin, Drake Gunyon, Samantha Hauke, Micah Hoeksema, Kyle Hummel, Nihal Natgesh, Kendral Quill, Caleb Spitzer, Nicholas Spitzer, Elizabeth Wuertley
The math team is coached by Doug Porter, and the science team is coached by Robert Burchell and Layne Maki.

Marion High School and Marion Community Schools offer their congratulations to these outstanding students, and wish them good luck at the state level!

The Academic Super Bowl competition is offered by the Indiana Association of School Principals. The IASP offers academic competitions to honor intellectual achievement, showcase students, and give their families an opportunity for involvement.