Bunker Hill, IN - Maconaquah High School’s Academic Super Bowl Team brought home its fourth state championship in five years last weekend.
The Fine Arts Team, comprised of sophomores Anastasia Spahr, Stevee Judy, Gabriella Weaver, and junior Bethany Kincaid, were awarded the championship on Saturday, making them the third consecutive Fine Arts state champs from MHS.
Coach Kari Catanzaro said she is “so proud of all of our Academic Super Bowl teams this year.” Catanzaro and Allen Sayger co-coached this year, following the retirement of longtime coach Helena Banina.
“Fine Arts has become sort of a specialty for us at MHS,” Catanzaro said. “It's a testament to the hard work of our students but also to the high-quality programs we have in music, drama, and art at Maconaquah and our community.”
This year’s theme was the Fertile Crescent, which Catanzaro said presented many challenges. Students were presented with foreign words, symbols, and even alphabets of ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians “beyond the scope of the regular world history curriculum.”
This was Bethany Kincaid’s first year as part of the ASB team. She joined at the encouragement of Banina, and said Catanzaro and her teammates were “very welcoming.” Being a self-described “music nerd,” she was excited to join the Fine Arts team.
“I’m really proud of us,” Kincaid said. “Even the teams that didn’t go to state did really well.”
She said Purdue University provided a list of books, short stories, and packets to study, and they did their own independent studies as well. Being a musician, she said there weren’t any recordings from the time period to study, but she was able to study the music theory and instruments from the Fertile Crescent.
Kincaid said she’s looking forward to next year because of the friendships she developed with her teammates this year and next year’s theme — “the Roaring Twenties.”
“Academic Super Bowl takes dedication to study independently and as a team,” Catanzaro said. “I can't say enough how proud I am of these wonderful academicians for their efforts and achievements. None of these young ladies are graduating, so we look to have strong teams in the years to come.”