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State Champs

The Shelbyville High School English Academic Super Bowl team won the state championship in Class 1 on Saturday at Purdue University. From left are team members Ethan Apsley, Reid Schene, Katelyn On and advisor Doug Uehling.



Shelby County was well represented at last weekend’s English Academic Super Bowl state competition in Lafayette.

One team, Shelbyville, came home as state champions in Class 1.

Made up of juniors Reid Schene and Katelyn On and sophomore Ethan Apsley, Shelbyville won the state championship in the class made up of the largest schools in Indiana.

Southwestern, made up of Kylie May, Faith Kelley, Meridian Beal, Karmen Kissell, Morgan Clark, Kennedy Pile and Maggie Goodin, was runner-up in Class 4, which consists of the smallest schools.

Doug Uehling and Schene didn’t exactly have the same expectations entering this year’s English Academic Super Bowl season at Shelbyville High School.

Uehling, a Language Arts teacher and advisor for the English team, expected to return to the state competition, following a year in which Schene, a sophomore at the time and Alyssa Flory, a senior last school year, finished runner-up.

Schene, as the lone returnee on the team, did not.

He thought the team, which added Apsley and On, would be good following the qualifying competition. But he was less confident starting out the season.

Expectations notwithstanding, the team returned to Shelbyville as state champions.

Since he was proctoring another school during the competition, Uehling didn’t keep an eye on how his students were doing.

“I wasn’t surprised,” he said. “I certainly expected them, they’re as good as anybody. I expected them to win state, and if we hadn’t it’s kind of like, darn it.”

The team put itself in a hole starting out the competition, missing two of the first seven questions. Fishers led early on, and Shelbyville had to go on a run to catch up over the final 18 questions.

“I’m glad I didn’t watch,” Uehling said of the early deficit.

With about five questions remaining, Schene said he saw they were leading by one.

At that point, he had to ignore the scoreboard and focus on each question.

For On, it was a different story. She admitted that she kept an eye on the score the entire time.

“They say don’t let the scores get to you, but it’s also kind of motivation,” she said.

Shelbyville led by two points with one question remaining, meaning that regardless of the team missing the final question, the Golden Bears were going home champs.

Apsley was the only one to realize it.

“It felt good to bring home state to the school,” he said. “We don’t have a bad athletic program, but it definitely isn’t a powerhouse. To win state, that’s something I thought was pretty cool.”

Fishers came in second on a tiebreaker with Carmel.

Uehling said he expected to go back to state and it would have been a disappointment not to.

“After qualifying and watching everything they could do, just what they’re capable, if we hadn’t won state, as arrogant as that sounds, they’re just that good,” he said. “So I’m really pleased they walked in there, they didn’t let the situation faze them or anything.”

There was no big celebration afterward, the team said.

The group went its separate ways, according to Apsley.

On visited her sister, who lives in Lafayette, and the two picked up groceries after the competition.

She picked up a cake at a cake shop to celebrate.

Schene also enjoyed a flourless chocolate cake, which he described as “fudge shaped and baked like a cake.”

Uehling picked up his two children afterward and worried about damaging the plaque that the team won.

As for next year, the team has its eyes on not only repeating as English state champions, but bringing more academic teams to the state competition.

The Fine Arts and Interdisciplinary teams were each one point away from qualifying for state, and Schene is hoping to organize the Interdisciplinary team to make a run next year.