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Academic Super Bowl drills students on deep knowledge

Jonathan Card (front) and his fellow Academic Super Bowl teammates at Scecina are ready to take on the competition. This year's theme is the French Revolution.


By Beth Murphy,
Director of Marketing Communications

Scecina students who really want to put their brains to the test join the Academic Super Bowl team. They get to represent Scecina in competitions against other high school teams.

 “If you’re really interested in a certain subject, it will definitely help expand your knowledge of that subject,” said senior Jonathan Card

Academic Super Bowl isn’t about trivia. Far from it. The competition consists of tough questions, based on a theme and focusing on material not normally covered in high school curriculum. This year’s theme is the French Revolution. 

Students in all the disciplines, including math and science, will face off on questions surrounding that theme. For instance, the math questions will pertain to mathematicians from the French Revolution era and their accomplishments, as well as types of math, such as analytical geometry, which was invented by Frenchmen Rene Descartes and Pierre de Fermet. The English study guide simply lists Charles Dickens’ novel “A Tale of Two Cities” and three poems to study for the competition. Click here to see the science study guide

Yes, they’re tough topics.


Jonathan is captain of the science team and in his third year with Academic Super Bowl. The St. Michael's Catholic School graduate also is on Student Council and the Robotics, Debate and Chess clubs at Scecina and plays for the Crusaders boys tennis team. He's also a member of National Honor Society and Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society.

He likes the competitive challenge of the Academic Super Bowl’s college-level questions. 

“It’s a good competitive environment,” Jonathan said. “It’s meant to be information that you would not get in any class at Scecina.” 

“I think it’s really fun,” adds Jonathan, who said he practices with the others for about an hour a week and also at home with the provided study guide and questions. 

Academic Super Bowl is organized through the Indiana Association of School Principals. Each school creates teams of up to three students who work cooperatively to answer multiple choice questions based on a study guide. 

Scecina teacher Sarah Smith is the head coach of Scecina’s team and also leads science and math teams. Other team leaders are English teacher Jesse Purvis (English); math teacher Elizabeth Williams (math) and Director of Enrollment Management Kelsey Greiner (social studies). This year, Mrs. Smith said, 17 students are in the group. They will compete in two competitions, the Indiana Crossroads Conference championship and in the local part of the statewide competition. 

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