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Headed to Purdue: Scecina’s Academic Super Bowl students back in state finals

Scecina again sent some Academic Super Bowl students to the state finals at Purdue University. 

It’s even better news this year. Last year one team – math – went to the finals; this year both the math and the science teams competed at Purdue on May 5 for the state championship. Last year the math team won third in the state. 

This year the math team tied for first at the end of the round but lost the tiebreaker and came in second in the state. The science team was sixth in the state.

The math and science Academic Super Bowl teams competed in the State Finals on May 5. 

Kudos to this year’s teams and their coaches, teachers Sarah Smith (science) and Elizabeth Williams (math). Science: Alexandra Marshall, Katelyn Hartman, James Hentz, Hugo Lui and Alex Wang. Math: Shuyao Li, Hugo Lui, Alex Wang, Xiangyu Wang, Sean Ye, and Judy Zhang.

"We lost by a tiebreaker," said math coach Ms. Williams. "It was really close.

"The team did a fantastic job. They worked very hard and were very talented. I was honored to work with them."

The math Academic Super Bowl team prepares almost the entire school year, said Ms. Williams. “As a teacher, I am privileged to explore fascinating material in the company of dedicated, curious, and insightful students. The practices are full of hard work but also the sheer joy of learning and belonging.” 

Mrs. Smith moderates Scecina Academic Super Bowl and is the coach for the science team. 

The Academic Super Bowl covers Advanced Placement course, or college-level, subject matter. 

Juniors Katelyn Hartman and Alex Marshall have been on the team for two years. 

“We just really like science, and the people on the team are fun,” said Katelyn, who went to Holy Spirit Catholic School. 

Alexandra, a St. Simon parishioner and school graduate, credits her team’s success with a lot of hard work. “We practice after school and do lessons.” 

The finals took place in the 1,038-seat auditorium at Loeb Playhouse on Purdue’s campus in Lafayette. Academic Super Bowl is a program of the Indiana Association of School Principals. 

Academic Super Bowl is a co-curricular club at Scecina. Besides math and sciences, the other teams are social studies, English, Fine Arts and Interdisciplinary.