SYRACUSE — A trio of underclassmen is keeping an impressive string alive for Wawasee High School. Josh Webber (junior), Anthon Anker (sophomore) and Jake Cowan (sophomore) make up the social studies team for Academic Super Bowl and qualified for the state competition.
It will be the 11th year in a row an Academic Super Bowl social studies team from Wawasee has qualified for the state competition. This year’s competition is Saturday, May 7, at Purdue University.
The three qualified for the state by placing in the top five in Division 2 during the regional competition Tuesday, April 19, at Northridge High School. Other schools from the division qualifying are Scottsburg, Batesville, NorthWood and Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger.
It was the third Academic Super Bowl competition this year for Wawasee with the other two being held at Goshen and Warsaw.
Since it is Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016, social studies questions have focused on Indiana history. In particular, many questions have been posed about former Indiana Gov. Paul V. McNutt, who governed the state during part of the Great Depression in the 1930s.
Webber will be making his third trip to Purdue, Cowan his second and Anker his first.
Academic Super Bowl is sponsored by the Indiana Association of School Principals. There are 25 multiple choice questions during a competition and responses must be given within a certain amount of time.
Mary Lou Dixon is the coach of the social studies team.