On Saturday, February 1st, the Rockcastle County Middle School Academic Team won the Region 16 Governor’s Cup Tournament. Their win marks the first time in the school’s history that it has been named the Region Champion. In doing so, the team has won the right to compete in the State Finals in Louisville in March.
As well as winning the overall championship, the team also placed first in Quick Recall, Composition, Social Studies and Arts and Humanities.
The following students won individual awards at the competition. Joy Frith placed first in Composition and second in Language Arts. Tessa Pickle placed third Composition. Katie Vance placed first Social Studies and fifth in Arts and Humanities and Mahala King placed first in Arts and Humanities.
The Kentucky Association for Academic Competition (KAAC) began its Governor’s Cup competition in 1986. Since then, the competition has become the most competitive and rewarding way for students to show what they know and be proud of it. The competition consists of many events such as Quick Recall which is a team Jeopardy!-style trivia challenge, written testing in all subject areas, a team problem-solving competition and a creative writing contest. To win the competition, a school must be successful in all events and show that their school is well-rounded academically.
The competition is fierce throughout the state in Governor’s Cup and private and independent schools generally come out on top. Since 1995, Rockcastle County Middle School has fought valiantly in the 16th Region against teams like Danville Bate, Model Laboratory and West Jessamine, but has never brought back the gold until this year.
When asked what is special about this years’ team that led them to become Region Champions, team captain, Joy Frith said, “The team has studied and practiced diligently since the beginning of the year. We have the support and encouragement of our coaches and parents. The first-ever Region Championship Title came as a result of everyone working together.”
The entire team (pictured below) will travel to The Galt House on March 15th to compete in the Governor’s Cup State Finals.