Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — A team of future X-ray technologists and radiographers from Indiana University Kokomo outscored 23 other groups to win a state championship.

IU Kokomo Radiology StudentsLindsey Barnes, Kenzie Daniel, and Stephanie Parton after winning the championship.Lindsey Barnes, Kenzie Daniel, and Stephanie Parton won the campus' second Indiana Society of Radiographic Technologists Quiz Bowl championship during the recent state conference.

Daniel said the win demonstrates the quality of the radiography program, as the quiz bowl questions cover topics ranging from radiation protection and imaging procedures to patient care and education and equipment operation.

"Understanding the material we are taught in the classroom, as well as at our clinical sites, is the foundation for our development as technologists," she said. "We have amazing professors who take a genuine interest in our education. It was gratifying to show them all those hours we spend in class and at clinicals are paying off."

John Hughey, chairperson of allied health sciences, coached the team.

A second IU Kokomo team, including Hollie Boyles, Evan O'Connor, and Jenna Pfeiffer, also competed, coached by Diana Mishler, clinical assistant professor and coordinator of medical imaging technology.

Heidi Sebastian, clinical assistant professor in radiographic science, said IU Kokomo's team tied with Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne after the first 60 questions, and then earned a perfect five out of five in the tiebreaker. They received a traveling trophy, and each student also won a medal and cash award, which they will use to attend another professional conference.

Questions are displayed at the front of the competition room, and teams then may confer briefly and write down their answer on a scorecard within 30 seconds. Each team has a judge, a coach from another team, who scores their answers at the end.

"We are proud of both of our teams," Sebastian said. "They worked hard, and scored well on some difficult questions. This is a great honor."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.