by Ben Vos
Many students competed in a variety of academic competitions in the community this spring, including the Spanish Quiz Bowl, LHC Art Day, and LHC Math Competition.
The Spanish Quiz Bowl took place on April 11 at Central College. PC had 20 students divided into multiple teams. Groups could compete in several events that are all worth a certain number of points. These include skit/sing-along, head to head quiz stations, music, and storytelling. Students who participated in the competition liked it because of the fellowship, among other things.
“My favorite part of Spanish Bowl was getting to spend the day hanging out with friends. There was really good food, and we met lots of other Spanish students from other schools. We also tied for second so that was pretty cool,” said junior Jordan Van Maanen.
The Spanish 2 group came in second place out of 10 teams. One of the Spanish 3 teams tied for second, and another Spanish 3 team got ninth out of 13 total teams. The Spanish 4 team got third place out of 11 teams.
“I would have liked to have won, but we performed really well against some really good teams. I think it’s a real testament to our students and Spanish program that we are always finishing in the top three,” said coach Jason Noble.
On April 12, the LHC Math Competition took place at Central College as well, with 16 students competing. Those who were involved were given math problems to solve. “Each student is given 60 minutes to complete 25 questions. The scores of each student determines first through fifth place for each grade level,” said math teacher Kevin Herdegen. “The combined scores for each grade level determines the places for each grade level. The combined score for all students determines the places for each school.”
PC placed second overall. Roger Gao placed first among the freshmen and Will Dembski placed first among the sophomores. Levi Jansen placed fourth among the sophomores. The sophomore team of Dembski, Jansen, Brett Natelborg, and Jacque Lensing placed second.
Dembski was elated with his win. “(Winning) felt like the numbers surrounded me and floated me on to victory. Being an athlete feels good, but being a mathlete is an indescribable feeling,” he said.
Before all of these competitions, the LHC Art Contest took place on April 5 at Newton High School. Nine students attended.
“The LHC Art Day is a yearly event planned by the art teachers of the member schools in the Little Hawkeye athletic conference,” said art teacher Joe Hoksbergen. “Each teacher brings a handful of students and several works of art. The day begins with the students hanging the artwork from their school.”
For the bulk of the day, students participated in art workshops. “The day ends with an awards ceremony for the featured artwork which has been judged by a regional expert,” said Hoksbergen.
Freshman Erica Nikkel earned Best in Show 2D, which is an honor Hoksbergen is almost certain no one from PC has ever received. Along with this, freshman Zoey Nelson received an honorable mention in Acrylic Painting, sophomore Brianna Jansen received second place in Watercolor Painting, junior Cassidy Bush received second place in Graphite Drawing, and senior Bill Le earned first place in Ink Drawing.
Senior Brandan Vande Kamp earned first place in Graphic Design, junior Andrea Freeman earned second place in Sculpture, and senior Elizabeth Van Maanen received first place in 3D Mixed Media.
“Students got to rub shoulders with other people who love art and want to excel at it. I think that can be very affirming,” said Hoksbergen. “I think this event can also be motivating in that students see some amazing artwork made by other teenagers.”