Academic Competitions

Academic Super Bowl
Description of Program:
Students study works and do research on theme or era. Students should be self-motivated, and self-reliant; willingness to do independent study of assigned materials.

Duration: December – May, 3 hours per week. Arranged practices November to May.
Procedure for Joining:
Contact discipline sponsor to obtain team information or listen for call out meetings in December or January.

Sponsors:
Science:
Ms. Brummett Rm# 231 MHS phone 254-7435
and Mr. Hahn Rm# 227 MHS phone 254-7446

English: Ms. Stillson, Library, MHS phone 254-7332

Math: Mr. Ferro, MHS phone 254-7372

Fine Arts: Ms. Yoder, MHS Room #165, MHS phone 254-7349
and Ms. Stillson, Library, MHS phone 254-7332

Social Studies: Mr. Steinkellner, MHS Room #237, MHS phone 254-7443.

Quiz Bowl
Quiz Bowl is a team quiz competition covering general knowledge of all disciplines. Questions are read aloud and the first person to buzz in has the chance to guess the answer. Any wrong answers give the opposing team a chance to answer. The match consists of 4 rounds: the first round is a toss-up round, the second round is a bonus round where toss-up questions can lead to a bonus category, the third round is a 60 second round where you have 60 seconds to answer 10 questions from a given category, the last round is a stump the experts round where toss-up questions get more difficult. Teams can play up to four people in each round and there is a Junior Varsity and Varsity division.
Contact Mr. Ferro

Science Olympiad
Affiliation with State or National Organization:
State and National Science Olympiad Organization

Description of Program: Science Olympiad is a hands-on science competition involving more than 20 events and covering all the science disciplines. Most events involve teams of students, rather than individual competitions. The competitions begin in February.

Duration: October – March, 4 hours per week.

Procedure for Joining: Students must complete an application and submit it to Ms. Barendreght in September

Sponsors: Ms. Barendreght, MHS Room #236, MHS phone 254-7413

Spell Bowl
Content
The competition will be made up of ten rounds with a different team member competing in each round. Each round shall consist of nine words. Words for this competition come from lists published on this site. Word Lists rotate annually.

Teams
Teams are composed of ten members. Ten others may be used as alternates. There is no limit as to how many students may come from any grade level. A student may participate in only one round. There are no substitutions during a round.

Eligibility
All full-time students in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete. Within these constraints, schools may select their teams in any manner and with any additional criteria they choose.

Format
The competition will consist of ten rounds with each round consisting of nine words which will be read by the emcee. After the emcee finishes the pronunciation, sentence, pronunciation and says “Begin”, the participant will have fifteen seconds to write the word in the correct space on the answer sheet. At the conclusion of the time allowed for spelling, the word will be scored before going on to the next word.
Contact Mrs. Gerber Rm#238 phone 254-7475

MHS Engineering

Mock Trial
The purpose of the Indiana Mock Trial program is to stimulate and encourage a deeper understanding and appreciation of the American legal system. The program provides the opportunity for students to learn the judicial system through a hands-on experience. Through mock trials, students gain an understanding of society’s approach to dispute resolution and justice through an experiential learning opportunity. The education of young people is the primary goal of the mock trial program. The students acquire skills in critical thinking and reasoning, oral advocacy, team work and citizenship. Other important objectives include: promoting effective communication and cooperation between the educational and legal communities; providing an opportunity to compete in an academic setting; and promoting cooperation among young people of diverse interests and abilities. The program also affords members of the Indiana Bar to hone their litigation skills through coaching or judging teams in the competition.

The Indiana Mock Trial program offers students the opportunity to conduct a trial based on a hypothetical case. The students are provided with case materials and are asked to develop their own strategies. The students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses as they try their cases in a competition, judged by real attorneys and judges. In the competition, each team presents both sides of the case
Contact Mr. Blair