PNC Hosts LaPorte, Elkhart, Starke and White County Schools at 2015 Academic Super Bowl Invitational

By: Purdue University Northwest Last Updated: February 17, 2015

purdue-north-centralPurdue University North Central will host eight area high school teams as they compete in the seventh annual La Porte County Senior Academic Super Bowl Invitational on Thursday, March 5 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building (LSF) Assembly Hall, Room 02, located on the PNC Westville campus. Registration begins at 3:45 p.m. Central Time. The event is free and open to the public. The event will also be telecast to LSF Room 144 for spectators.

Participating schools are: La Porte High School, Michigan City High School and Marquette High School of Michigan City; LaCrosse High School; Oregon-Davis High School of Hamlet; Elkhart Christian Academy; North White High School of Monon and a team of home schooled students, representing Lake, Porter and La Porte counties.

The 2015 competition theme is “The Grandeur That is Rome." Students will vie in the rigorous competition covering six subject areas - English, science, fine arts, social studies, math and interdisciplinary. Trophies will be given to the winning school in each subject area as well as an overall winner. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place finishers. Each competing student, coach, proctor and student assistant will receive a voucher for use at the PNC Gallery Café, Coffee Central and the PNC bookstore. Coffee Central and the bookstore will be open until 7 p.m. The Gallery Café will be open until 8 p.m.

Registration will begin at 3:45 p.m. There is a coaches and proctors meeting at 4:10 p.m. The competition will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a welcome by PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin.

The competition schedule is:
4:40 p.m. Mathematics - Dr. Gayla Domke, associate professor of Mathematics
5:15 p.m. English – Sarah White, continuing lecturer of English
5:50 p.m. Science - Dr. Jessica Thomas, assistant professor of Chemistry
6:25 p.m. Fine Arts - Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations
7:00 p.m. Social Studies - Dr. Patrick Cannon, clinical assistant professor for Concurrent Education Programs
7:35 p.m. Interdisciplinary - Dr. Mark Jacobi, Michigan City pediatrician
8:15 p.m. Awards - Paul McGuinness, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services

Academic Super Bowl competition in Indiana is part of the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs. It is a unique inter-scholastic academic competition which allows Indiana's senior high, junior, middle and elementary school students an opportunity to compete in academics similar to the way youth compete in athletics. These competitions recognize, reward and celebrate scholars.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Liz Bernel at 785-5200, ext. 5719 or

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