For the second consecutive year, the IMSA Scholastic Bowl team won first place (Class AA) in the IHSA Scholastic Bowl State Tournament held in Peoria.
IMSA's championship Scholastic Bowl team members, many whom were on the 2011 State Championship team, included: Megan Chen, Lael Costa, Siva Gangavarapu,Webster Guan, Adam Kalinich, Anton Karpovich, Jacob Kroneberg, Sabrina Lato, Nolan Maloney, Eric Ordonez and Saieesh Rao. In the championship match, IMSA's team defeated Macomb High School with a score of 520 to 250.
IMSA's 2012 State Championship Scholastic Bowl Team and Coach Dr. Noah Prince. (Photo courtesy of Gail Kalinich)
IMSA Mathematics Faculty member Dr. Noah Prince is in his third year of coaching the team, assisted by coaches Brad Fischer and Kristin Strey of DeKalb.
"Winning the Masonic and IHSA State Championships this year was especially meaningful," Dr. Prince said. "This year's seniors had just entered IMSA as sophomores when I began coaching, and over the last three years we have grown tremendously together, they as players as I as coach," he said. "This year, our group truly epitomized a team effort, and these championships validate all of our hard work, trust, and respect for one another."
The IHSA (Illinois High School Association) Scholastic Bowl competition began in 1987 and IMSA currently holds the record for most state titles won with ten (the last one in 2011).
More than 500 Illinois high schools currently participate in IHSA Scholastic Bowl throughout the year at matches, regional and sectional competitions. Topics covered in the competition include: Math (Algebra, Geometry, Calculus); Science (Biology,Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Earth Science); English (Grammar and Usage, Spelling, Literature); Social Studies (History, Geography, Economics); and Other (Pop Culture, Current Events, Driver's Ed, Home Economics, Religion and Mythology, Philosophy), with questions spread equally among each of the main topics.
In addition, some of the questions students had to answer were interdisciplinary in nature, requiring them to apply knowledge of one discipline to another.
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