April 2017 News

Regional Super Bowl Finalists

Friday, April 21, 2017

Academy Super Bowl Team

Academy students competed in the regional Academic Super Bowl that is sponsored by the Indiana Association of School Principals. The topic for this year’s Academic Super Bowl was the French Revolution, and the Academy competed in Division 4 with 67 other schools competing in the same division. The top six teams from each category qualified for the state championship, and the Academy finished 1st in the Math, Science, Fine Arts, and English categories. The Academy placed 2nd in Interdisciplinary and 3rd in Social Studies. The Fine Arts and English teams (students listed below) qualified for the state competition that will be held at Purdue University on May 6.

Fine Arts
Taryn Coyle
Isabelle Turner
Allison Johnson
Leah Turner
Amy Gong

Samantha Williams
Rose Winter
Victoria Smith

Robotic Surgery Demonstration

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Indiana Academy hosted a robotic surgery demonstration on April 19 in Burris Laboratory School. Two local surgeons, Dr. Damer and Dr. Graybill brought the technology and robot they use for hip and knee replacement surgeries to campus, and our students got a hands-on demonstration to experience for themselves how it all works. Over 80 students attended the demonstration that was open to Academy students, faculty, and staff as well as Burris science students and teachers. In addition to the robotic demonstration, both doctors presented on orthopedic topics followed by a Q&A session.

See more pictures in our Facebook gallery of the event.

Academy Students Attend HOSA State Leadership Conference

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Academy had 19 students attend the HOSA State Leadership Conference from April 10-12. HOSA is an international student organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care industry and seeks to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s Competitive Events Program is designed to motivate students to improve their knowledge and skills in terms of health care. The Academy students were very successful with placing in their competitions and many qualified for Nationals in the summer. The results of the Academy students are as follows:

CategoryStudents (Results)
Medical MathJared Saxberg (Finalist)
Sammy Cheng (Finalist)
Hannah Komanapali (Finalist)
Human Growth and DevelopmentSakhi Shah (Finalist)
Medical Law and EthicsMinna Zheng (2nd Place)
Nitika Jacob (Finalist)
NutritionZach Swoboda (Finalist)
PathophysiologyGrace Meier (Finalist)
Karthik Gannamanei (1st Place)
Biomedical Laboratory ScienceJared Saxberg (Finalist)
Sammy Cheng (Finalist)
Physical TherapyNikita Kumar (Finalist)
Sports MedicineGrace Meier (2nd Place)
EpidemiologyTaryn Coyle (1st Place)
Extemporaneous Health PostersLauren Stewart (Finalist)
Healthy LifestyleVictor Ramirez (2nd Place)
Forensic ScienceJared Saxberg & Minna Zheng (1st Place)
Medical Innovations OriginalRitika Mehta & Sakhi Shah (Finalist)
Nisha Jacob & Shreeram Thirunavukkarasu (1st Place)

PLATO Essay Winner

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Academy Junior Keith Murray won first prize in the 2017 PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) High School Essay Contest. PLATO is devoted to introducing philosophy to students before graduating high school. Organizers believe that philosophy is a key resource for preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century. The contest itself was open to all high school students in the U.S. and the students participating in the essay contest were asked, “How do we define art or determine what things count as art objects?” Murray’s essay, “Art is More than Beauty: It’s a Whetstone” stood out in a strong field of submissions. Keith received a check for $250.00 from PLATO for his submission and his essay will be published in PLATO’s official journal.

National Merit Scholarship Competition

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Based on their 2016 PSAT results, twelve Academy students met requirements to enter the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students (listed below) were one of 50,000 highest-scoring participants with a Selection Index score of 211 or above who will be recognized in the fall. From the 50,000 high scorers nationwide, about 16,000 will be named National Merit Program Semifinalists, representing the top scorers in each state, and approximately 34,000 others will be commended for their performance on the PSAT. Semifinalists and Commended Students will learn of their standing in September 2017. Semifinalists will be the only students who will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 7,400 Merit Scholarship awards to be offered in 2018. Academy students recognized are:

Anna Beach
Angela Cardwell
Ningmei Gong
Nils Hinniger
Michael Hu
Ryan Martinez
Dione Miles-Morillo
Keith Murray
Julia Newbold
Conner Partaker
John Tade
Stanley Zheng

Students Serve as House Pages

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Academy students in the House Chamber
Indiana Academy students listen in the House Chamber at the Indiana Statehouse.

Academy students had the opportunity to serve as House Pages on April 10th at the Indiana Statehouse. Students selected to serve as pages were: Sophia Arnold, Allison Balmer, Angela Cardwell, Taylor Chambers, Toby Holman, Katey Kaiser, and Jasmine Miller. As pages, the students toured the Statehouse including the chambers of the Indiana House and Senate and the Indiana Supreme Court. The pages also witnessed a floor session, met their representatives, and assisted representatives with tasks.

Students Place First in Coding Competition

Friday, March 24, 2017

Academy seniors, Steven O’Riley and Melanie Goldstone, won first place in the Blackford Coding Competition. Their winning score was 484 out of 500 total points with the second-place team only receiving a score of 200 out of the 500 points.

Teams consisted of no more than three students with 55 total students in the competition that was held on March 18 at Blackford County High School in Hartford City. There were three levels of questions with fifteen total questions to be programmed in a span of two hours. Only three teams were able to complete the programming for all of the questions. O’Riley and Goldstone each received a new laptop for their first-place finish.

National German Exam Results

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sixteen students recently received certificates and medals after taking the National German Exam. The exam is taken by students in their second year of German. The following students received certificates and medals:

Gold Silver Bronze
Harrison Hart Alexa Madden Rae Handy
Nicholas David Jacob White Katelyn Zachary
Jacob Barbour Justin Rudecki Nicholas Shaw
Madison Porter Cameron Maxey Frances Percell
Grace Meier Tyler Miller
Anke Rudloff
Nils Hinniger

Academy Students Serve as Senate Pages

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Indiana Academy students at the Indiana statehouse

On March 22, a group of Indiana Academy students served as Senate Pages at the Indiana Statehouse.

The students who served as pages, pictured above with Senator Lanane, are (L to R) Angela Cardwell, Isabelle Turner, Rachael Snow, Amy Gong, Toby Holman, Samantha Williams, Meagan Aldridge, Taylor Chambers, Minna Zheng, and Jarod Saxberg. (Not pictured above: Pauleina Brunnemer, Amy Lee, Grace Moore, and Conner Richmond)

In addition to touring the historical Statehouse which includes the House and Senate Chambers, the Supreme Court, and the Governor’s Office, pages had the opportunity to observe the legislative session directly from the Statehouse floor as well as meet and assist their senators with tasks.

  • Toby Holman with Senator Buck
    Toby Holman with Senator Buck
  • Samantha Williams with Senator Charbonneau
    Samantha Williams with Senator Charbonneau
  • Amy Gong with Senator Crane
    Amy Gong with Senator Crane
  • Amy Lee with Senator Eckerty
    Amy Lee with Senator Eckerty
  • Grace Moore with Senator Koch
    Grace Moore with Senator Koch
  • Rachael Snow with Senator Lanane
    Rachael Snow with Senator Lanane
  • Minna Zheng with Senator Lanane
    Minna Zheng with Senator Lanane
  • Pauleina Brunnemer with Senator Smith
    Pauleina Brunnemer with Senator Smith
  • Conner Richmond with Senator Smith
    Conner Richmond with Senator Smith
  • Taylor Chambers with Senator Walker
    Taylor Chambers with Senator Walker
  • Meagan Aldridge with Senator Zay
    Meagan Aldridge with Senator Zay

Japanese Speech Contest Results

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Congratulations to Mary Pennington for her work at the Japanese speech contest at the Chicago Japanese Consulate on March 25. She won second place out of the total ten high school students selected to participate from across the Midwest. This year, unlike past years, high school students were grouped into one category regardless of how many years of Japanese study. Therefore she was competing against students who studied Japanese all four years at high school. This is Indiana Academy’s first top ranking in some years, so it is an honor for the Academy and a testimony to Mary’s hard work.

Mary Pennington was selected as one of ten high school students across the Midwest to speak at Chicago’s Japanese Consulate-sponsored speech contest. Mary Pennnington and Van Vandergriff were our entrants this year, and this year more applicants than usual were screened. It is a remarkable achievement with only 2 years of Japanese study, as they were up against students with four years of Japanese study. Mary will be going to Chicago on March 25 to give her speech at the Japanese Consulate.

Van Vandergriff successfully passed Level 4 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in Dec. 2016. The JLPT is an overall Japanese proficiency exam taken for admission to colleges and companies, with JLPT Level 1 being the highest (native speaker). This test is extremely difficult, and although Level 1 is the highest level, Level 4 is approximate to 4 years of Japanese high school study.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, Japanese students also went to DePauw University to participate in the Japan Olympiad of Indiana, a trivial quiz bowl competition on Japanese language and cultural knowledge. This was the Indiana Academy’s first appearance in several years. They faced close to 30 teams from 9 different schools. The teams were divided by level (years) of Japanese study. We had two Level II teams (2nd year students) and one Level III team (Directed Studies students). All of our teams placed into finals, which consisted of the top 3 teams in each level. In an unusual turn of events, our two Level II teams both tied for the finals, and had to face off each other. As a result, our Level II team achieved 2nd place and our Level III team achieved 3rd place.

Level II: Finals runner up
Jenny Thach (team captain)
Emma Elmore
Luke Swartz

Level II: Finals contestants, Second Place
Anthony Phan (team captain)
Gretchen Andreasen
Jack Cook

Level III: Finals contestants, Third Place
Van Vandergriff (team captain)
Mary Pennington
Taylor Hunt