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Area students compete in region, state Governor’s Cup

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E’town, John Hardin finish in top five

By Gina Clear

Area academic teams recently competed in region and state Governor’s Cup competitions.

Elementary schools participated in the Region 11 competition March 22 at Lincoln Trail Elementary School and middle and high school students participated in state competition the same day. Middle and high school regional competition was the previous weekend.

The competition is broken up into six individual subject matter assessments — mathematics, social studies, composition, language arts, science, and arts and humanities — and two team competitions, future problem solving and quick recall.

In the middle and high school region competitions, students who place in the top five for individual assessments and the top two future problem solving and quick recall teams advance to state.

Governor’s Cup does not sponsor a state competition, but students can pay to compete individually in a state future problem solving event.

G.C.Burkhead Elementary School walked away with the top prizes, outscoring the nearest team, New Highland Elementary School, by 14.

Alisa Nichols, G.C. Burkhead coach, wishes the success of her team was something she did, but attributed it to the students’ and parents’ commitment to the team.

The school had eight students place in the top five in individual assessments – at least one in each category – and the quick recall team placed second.

She said because of the team’s success, they hold tryouts for the 16 spots and have to turn students away.

“Students know it’s an important thing at G.C. Burkhead,” she said, adding banners hang in the school’s cafeteria for past region championships. “They all want to be a part of it.”

Middle School Region 4 Champions, T.K. Stone, had five students place in the top five in individual assessments, the future problem solving team placed second and the quick recall team placed first. The team had an overall score of 35. Bluegrass placed second with a score of 23.

T.K. Stone coach Vickie Shearer said the points earned by the future problem solving team made the difference this year.

“It was a really great tournament,” she said. “In the past, we didn’t have a future problem solving team. This was our best year in a long time.”

LaRueCounty won the Region 11 title with 23.5 points, outscoring St. Joseph by 7.5. The team had two students place in the top five in three individual assessments, with one student, Skyler Hornback, placing first in mathematics and social studies. Skyler placed seventh in the social studies assessment at the state competition.

In high school Region 5, Elizabethtown, who tied for first with Bardstown, was the top scoring local school with 31 points. John Hardin placed fourth with 13 points.

Even though the Central Hardin team had a first-place finish with Abby Hinkson in the language arts assessment, coach Lisa Brown said she was hoping for a better finish for her team. The team placed seventh out of 17 teams.

“I just anticipated we would do better,” she said. “You never know how it will turn out.”

Noah Stevens, who placed fifth in social studies assessment for North Hardin and participated at state said at each level, the testing difficulty steadily increases and he prepares for competition by reading text books, answering practice questions and taking past tests. He said he enjoys the tests because of the challenge.

“Usually the testing is more difficult compared to the previous level,” he said. “I like being able to show other people in the community how much I know and how much North Hardin knows, despite preconceived notions.”

Jennifer Pinto won the region in composition and placed 11th at state for Elizabethtown. She placed 14th at state last year. The junior said the honor caught her by surprise.

“It was an amazing experience,” she said, adding the team had three students compete in composition at region and they all placed. “At state, there’s a lot more pressure. I just wanted to do better than last year. It’s the best of the best.”

Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1746 or gclear@thenewsenterprise.com.

REGION RESULTS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – REGION 11
Overall

1. G.C. Burkhead, 31
2. New Highland, 17
3. Helmwood Heights, 10.5
4. Rineyville, 8.5
4. Lakewood, 8.5

Mathematics Assessment

1. Chris Henson, Vine Grove
2. Keegan Walker, G.C. Burkhead
2. Devan Gibson, Creekside
2. Ben Rochford, New Highland
5. Allan Lockwood, Lincoln Trail

Social Studies Assessment

1. Samuel White, G.C. Burkhead
2. Keegan Christensen, G.C. Burkhead
3. Conan O’Donnell, New Highland
4. Welles Emery, Vine Grove
5. Cooper Campbell, Heartland

Science Assessment

1. Keegan Christensen, G.C. Burkhead
2. Adam Grunch, Rineyville
3. Dylan Jury, Lakewood
4. Angelina Kaelin, Woodland
5. Brendan White, Lincoln Trail

Language Arts Assessment

1. Victoria Shore, Macdonald Intermediate
2. Addison Williams, Helmwood Heights
3. Camden Jones, G.C. Burkhead
3. Peyton Dunaway, Lakewood
5. Rachel Shultz, Helmwood Heights
5. Julia Sarabia, Macdonald Intermediate

Composition Assessment

1. Addison Williams, Helmwood Heights
2. Ally Mahon, Heartland
3. Peyton Sarver, Morningside
4. Carson Yates, G.C. Burkhead
5. Julia Sarabia, Macdonald Intermediate

Arts and Humanities Assessment

1. Lindy Dale, G.C. Burkhead
1. Makayla Speed, Rineyville
3. Peyton Dunaway, Lakewood
4. Meghan McGuffin, Howevalley
5. Breanna Vessels, Lincoln Trail

Future Problem Solving

1. New Highland
2. Morningside
3. Woodland
4. Helmwood Heights

Quick Recall

1. Elizabethtown Christian Academy
2. G.C. Burkhead
3. New Highland
4. Vine Grove

MIDDLE SCHOOL – REGION 4

Overall

1. T.K. Stone, 35
2. Bluegrass, 23
3. St. James, 12.5
4. West Hardin, 12.5

Mathematics Assessment

1. Jake Bruenig, T.K. Stone
2. Grayson Stinger, St. James
3. Nathan Johnson, T.K. Stone
4. Mary Reilly, West Hardin
5. Kassidy McDowell, West Hardin

Social Studies Assessment

2. Noah Bretz, Bluegrass
3. Garrett Ashlock, East Hardin
4. Luke Wiseman, St. James
5. Cody Madden, Stuart Pepper

Science Assessment

1. Mary Reilly, West Hardin
2. Ethan McCoy, James T. Alton
4. Luke Wiseman, St. James
4. Evan Lohden, West Hardin

Language Arts Assessment

1. Rachel Goff, T.K. Stone
2. Jacob Bowen, Stuart Pepper
3. Sydney Avery, Munfordville
3. Lilly Vowells, Bluegrass

Composition Assessment

1. Rachel Goff, T.K. Stone
3. Amna Ahmed, T.K. Stone

Arts and Humanities Assessment

1. Abby Erckenbrack, St. James
2. Lilly Vowells, Bluegrass
4. Sydney Avery, Munfordville

Future Problem Solving

1. Bluegrass
2. T.K. Stone

Quick Recall

1. T.K.Stone
2. Bluegrass
3. West Hardin

MIDDLE SCHOOL – REGION 11

Overall

1. LaRue County, 23.5

Mathematics Assessment

1. Skyler Hornback, LaRue County

Social Studies Assessment

1. Skyler Hornback, LaRue County

Science Assessment

1. Mason Lane, LaRue County

Future Problem Solving

2. LaRue County

Quick Recall

1. LaRue County

HIGH SCHOOL

Overall

2. Elizabethtown, 31
4. John Hardin, 13

Mathematics Assessment

2. Colton Heatherly, John Hardin
5. Rayane Chatrieux, Elizabethtown

Social Studies Assessment

2. Omar Banihani, Elizabethtown
5. Noah Stevens, North Hardin

Science Assessment

3. Logan Riney, Elizabethtown

Language Arts Assessment

1. Abby Hinkson, Central Hardin
3. Grave Vowels, John Hardin
5. Taylor Senay, Elizabethtown

Composition Assessment

1. Jennifer Pinto, Elizabethtown
2. Anna-Cecile Pepper, Elizabethtown
5. Lillie Shaw, Elizabethtown

Arts and Humanities Assessment

2. Henry Nichols, Elizabethtown
3. Carter Hearne, Elizabethtown
4. Taylor Senay, Elizabethtown
5. Grace Vowels, John Hardin

Future Problem Solving

2. John Hardin

Quick Recall

3. Elizabethtown
4. LaRue County

STATE RESULTS

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Composition

13. Anam Ahmed, T.K. Stone

Social Studies

7. Skyler Hornback, LaRue County

HIGH SCHOOL

Composition

11. Jennifer Pinto, Elizabethtown