Jennings County High School’s Academic Team traveled Tuesday to Austin High School, where they competed against similar-sized high schools.

The theme of this year’s Hoosier Academic Super Bowl is the French Revolution, so all the content studied by teams focuses on it.

Six teams comprise Jennings County’s Academic Team: math, science, fine arts, English, social studies and interdisciplinary. They meet for practices at individualized times, after school and even during the homeroom period. Teachers Eric Wernke, Victoria Lee, Barry Hovious, Jonathan Titus and Charlinda Evans guide the students.

The fine arts, social studies and interdisciplinary teams earned first place at Tuesday’s competition; science and English earned third; and the math team earned second. The results were better than previous years, so members feel proud of their success.

“(Tuesday) night felt like a dream, like it wasn’t even real,” said Kayla Gross, a member of the fine arts and social studies teams.

Fun in the Big Apple

During spring break, Jennings County High School’s Jazz Band and Touch of Class traveled to New York City, where they performed at Trump Tower.

They performed at an atrium, where there was an open area for groups to showcase their talents as people wandered by to shop or eat.

The music travel company that planned the New York trip arranged the performance at Trump Tower.

The students chose New York City as their destination because they knew it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

They walked along Fifth Avenue and Central Park, explored the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Ellis Island, and watched two Broadway shows, “The Great Comet” and “Wicked.”

“My favorite part was the 9/11 Museum because instead of simply reading it from a textbook, you saw it in a different perspective, and it really gets to you more than you could imagine,” senior Amber Galliher said.

Sales of candy bars and Arby’s coupons raised money to make the trip possible.

Galliher’s advice to underclassmen would be to take any opportunity that they get to travel somewhere with the school because more than likely it will be a great and unique experience.