New Lenox Village Board honors scholastic bowl team
By Erin Gallagher For The Herald-News May 15, 2012 7:52AM
Updated: June 29, 2012 8:19AM
NEW LENOX — “Talk nerdy to me” was printed on the Martino Junior High scholastic bowl students’ shirts when the village board honored them with a proclamation Monday.
Out of about 389 teams, Martino made it to the elite eight in the state championships.
Forty-five seventh- and eighth-graders calling themselves the Prestigious Polymaths competed in 30 regular season matches with a record of 27 wins and three losses. One of the losses was to Minooka, which Martino later beat in order to advance to the sectional championships.
Many 13- and 14-year-olds wouldn’t be bothered with studying, Mayor Tim Baldermann told the board. Their effort shows a great deal of respect for their parents.
“We have a very young team, a lot of seventh-graders,” said Coach Jennifer Corona.
Their goal is to return next year and win state. A polymath is a person with expertise in a variety of different subjects.
The Prestigious Polymaths who attended the state tournament include Alyssa Boisvert, Skyler Bojan, Noah Bryles, Nathan Chianelli, Liana Chidichimo, Eric Hypke, Matt Klock, Mike Kuliniski, Matthew Murphy, Nate Rosendale, Molly Schmitt, Meghan Sieja, Jared Thomson, Kevin Triner, Allie Wesel, Justin Yurkanin and Peter Kolyvas.
Other team members include Alexis Aguirre, Sean Curran, Rachel Dohm, Sebastian Esparza, Jack Gustafson, Jake Haubenreiser, Paulette Hausner, Carlos Ferran-Heredia, Mercedes Heredia-Ferran, Victoria Heredia-Ferran, Madisen Hipelius, Sawyer Hobbs, Alyte Katilius, Maddie McCastland, Riley McLaughlin, Angelina McNulty, Aaron Michalack, Mike Mikolajczak, Gillian Nevins, Madison Smith, Olivia Smith, Jacob Stolz, Jalayna VanderVelde, Connor Watson and Emma Zmuda.