Academic Competitions

“Each of us is a neurosculptor!  Like a fabulous artist creating an original design, we are actively responsible for creating the design of our own brain.”
-JoAnn Deak, PhD

Academic Spell Bowl

Unlike the traditional oral spelling contest, teams use one representative per round to correctly spell the contest words.  Winning teams are named based on the cumulative total of correctly spelled words of all members.  Junior and Senior teams have the opportunity to qualify for a State Finals competition.

Sponsor:  TBA

Academic Super Bowl

Through this Hoosier contest, founded in 1987, teams of students enhance their research and study skills by delving into topics which change annually, taking them beyond what is usually covered in the classroom. There are two levels of competition, Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12). Subject area rounds include English, math, science, social studies, and interdisciplinary.

English Sponsor:  Ms. Curley
Math Sponsor:  Mr. Fischer
Science Sponsor:  Mr. Wilkinson
Social Studies Sponsor:  Mrs. Cox

Battle of the Books

The Vigo County School Corporation hosts the Middle School Battle of the Books every year in the spring.  Each middle school forms a team of 5 to 10 students who read the 20 books on the Young Hoosier Book Award Middle Grade list.

Sponsor:  Mrs. Webb

Geography Bee

The Geography Bee is a national contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Students compete in classrooms with social studies teachers to advance to the school level contest. Topics include political, physical, and economic topics about locations all around the world. The winning school level winner will then take a written test. The top scores will advance to the state contest in Indianapolis. If qualifying, the winner will compete at the national level in Washington, D.C.

Sponsor:  Mrs. Cox

Geography Bowl

The Geography Bowl is a contest sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute.  It is continent/area themed each year and consists of questions about the physical, political, and some economic topics based on the continent or bodies of water decided as the area of focus for the year.

Sponsor:  Mrs. Cox

Indiana Math League

The Indiana Math League is a contest held in the spring and involves 35 multiple choice nontraditional problems.  The contest also has an emphasis on problem solving.

Sponsor:  Mr. Fischer


The Mathcounts National Program uses NCTM standards with an emphasis on problem solving skills.  The program has school, chapter, state, and national levels of competition.

Sponsor:  Mr. Downs, Mr. Fischer, Mr. Nail

National Current Events League

The National Current Events League consists of  four meets(contests) held in the social studies classes at Honey Creek Middle School during the school year.  Each meet consists of thirty multiple choice questions based on current events at certain time frames during the school year .  This contest has been in existence for over thirty years all over the United States.  In past years, Honey Creek Middle School teams have placed several times in the top three in the nation! HCMS students have placed in the top three and received the rank of National Student Leaders.

Sponsors:  TBA

Noetic Math Contest

The Noetic Math Contest is held in the fall and spring and has an open ended format.  It has twenty problems which will challenge all levels of students.

Sponsor:  Mr. Fischer

Patriot's Pen

Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.

Sponsor:  TBA

Science Fair

Every year many Honey Creek Middle School students participate in the Science Fair.  They choose a project question that interests them and then spend weeks investigating their question.  When done, they present their work formally which is then judged.

Sponsor:  Mr. Wilkinson

Scripps Spelling Bee

The purpose of the Scripps Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.  Students compete at the school level with the winner moving on to the regional competition.  The winner of the regional spelling bee moves on to the national level in the spring.

Sponsor:  Mrs. Webb

VCSC 5th & 6th Grade Math Contest

The Vigo County School Corporation 5th & 6th Grade Math Contest is conducted for all 5th grade elementary students and 6th grade middle school students. Students compete in the General Ed and GT divisions.

Sponsor:  Mr. Fischer, Mrs. Hyland