• Columbus East High School
    Academic Team

    East Olympian Torch Congratulations to East's English Academic Team for winning 1st Place in the Indiana Academic Super Bowl State Championship at Purdue University on May 10, 2014!  This is the 14th state championship that the East Academic Teams have won since 2000.  
     2014 East Academic Team STATE CHAMPS!
    The English Academic Team is coached by Scott Duncan.  Team members include:
    • Tanushree Bhatawadekar
    • Jonathan Brunnemer
    • Morgan Farrell
    • Alex Hahn
    • Kayla Halterman
    • Akia Hilderbrand
    • Emma Jones
    • Arjun Menon
    • Kaitlin Wendel
    The Social Studies Academic Team came in 2nd in the State Championship on Saturday.  Team members are:
    Nicole Bodi, Jonathan Brunnemer, Morgan Dosterglick, Emma Finerfrock, Zach Hatfield, Serena Hendershot, Jason McIntire, Tiffanny Reynolds, and Erica Sun.  
    The Social Studies team is coached by Mr. Jeff Burgmeier.
    The Science Academic Team also competed at State and finished in 6th place.  Team members are:
    Ryan Green, Zach Hatfield, Serena Hendershot, Kaitlynn Milvert, and Erica Sun.  
    The Science team is coached by Mark Rosswurm.
    The 2014 Indiana Academic Super Bowl theme was “Westward Expansion 1783-1900″

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    2012 Academic Super Bowl State Championship results:

    The Columbus East High School Science, Social Studies, and Fine Arts Academic Teams competed at the State Championship for the Indiana Academic Super Bowl on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Loeb Playhouse at Purdue University.

    The Science and Social Studies teams each finished fourth in the state in their competitions in Class 1, the large school division.

    The Fine Arts team won the Class 1 state championship, which was the Fine Arts team's 4th state championship since 2004.

    This was also the 13th state championship overall for the entire Columbus East Academic Team program since 2000, making East's Academic Teams the most successful competitive team in Columbus East history. East was one of only 4 schools in the entire state in Class 1 to have at least three academic teams qualify for state this year, and it was recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a "Top 10 Overall" Academic Team in the state in class 1. 

    Here is a link to this year's state championship results:


    The Science team members are Natalie Burgos, Lauren Champion, Jacob Downey, Zach Hatfield, Andrew and Soren Henrichsen, and Erica Sun, and they are coached by Mark Rosswurm.

    The Social Studies team members include: Ian Finerfrock, Laiken Harper, Zach Hatfield, Serena Hendershot, Andrew Henrichsen, Pooja Pandita, Pranav Patil, and Erica Sun.  Coach: Jeff Burgmeier.

    The Fine Arts team members include: Ian Finerfrock, Nick Hubbard, Nate Riley, Katie Schmidt, and Amanda Sun.  Coach:  Greg Lewis.

    2012 Fine Arts Team State Champions
    from left:  Robert Feke, Nate Riley, Nick Hubbard, Amanda Sun, Katie Schmidt, and Ian Finerfrock

    Welcome!  This website includes useful information for parents and students about the Academic Teams at Columbus East High School. Browse this site to discover which competitions are offered as well as the latest schedule of upcoming competitions for the season. We hope parents benefit from knowing what their student is learning while competing on an academic team. Students may obtain information about upcoming news and events pertaining to team meetings and/or competitions.


    Handouts and study guides may also be available on-line to assist teams as they prepare to compete. In addition, parents may contact team coaches at their convenience with any questions or concerns.

    We hope to enhance your experience with Academic Team at Columbus East High School. Any suggestions or additional items you would like to see on our website may be sent directly to East’s webmaster.  We welcome your input.
      Involvement in Academic Teams is like participating in a sport, and to some, it serves as an alternative.  Greg Lewis, coach of the Fine Arts team says, "You're competing in just as big a pool of schools."

    Future Competitions:

    The 2014 Indiana Academic Super Bowl theme will be
    “Westward Expansion 1783-1900″

    The 2015 Indiana Academic Super Bowl theme will be
    “The Grandeur That Was Rome”

    The 2016 Indiana Academic Super Bowl theme will be
    “Hoosier Heritage”
    Since 2000, the Academic Teams of East have won many state championships; at least one in every year except for 2001.  For students on academic team, the challenge is worth the effort because what is learned is something that the average student may never learn about.  Students who want to try new things are well suited for the academic teams.  To prepare for competitions, students study their given topic, whether that would be direct facts or reading a book. 
    Student benefits from participation in Academic Team include:
    1. Better comprehension of concepts covered in regular classes
    2. Improve reading and problem solving skills
    3. Use material learned in future research paper assignments
    4. Challenge oneself academically
    5. Opportunity to compete and succeed outside of more recognized areas (sports, performing arts)
    6. Build good friendships with peers and good memories from high school competitions
    7. Fun!
Last Modified on May 13, 2014