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Whitko Middle School were declared state champions at the 27th annual Purdue Academic Super Bowl competition May 3 at Indian Springs Middle School. Competing against 44 other Class 3 schools across the state, both the social studies and science teams won first-place status. The language arts team placed ninth, and the interdisciplinary team brought home a 15th place. This is the second state championship in a row and the third in the last eight years for the social studies team, and the second state championship for the science team within the past seven years. This is the second time in the past eight years that the English team has placed in the top 10. This year's topic was ‘Westward Expansion.’ Teams have been studying since January, putting in many hours of work. Areas of study included electricity, the Gold Rush, Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ and Algebra 2 math concepts. Members of this year’s academic teams included Rozlyn Bishop, Hope Blevins, Charles French, Nicole Lawson, Maren Lehman, Renae Lehman, Angel Moyer, Austin Nettrouer, Tanner O’Reilly, Cory Palmer, Sarah Pepple, Hannah Porter, Sam Richerd, Livia Rose, Hannah Sikora, Nathan Smith and Brad Trump. Coaching the social studies team is Andrew Layman. Daniel Barr headed up the science team. Betty Overdeer led the English team, and Mike Hanback coached the math team.