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ACES Academic Team takes top honors at regional competition

By Lisa Newell-Hare

Selected by the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition (KAAC), Adair County Elementary School served as the Region 11 Host for Elementary Governor's Cup on Tuesday, March 2, and Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The fourteen schools within Region 11 were Adair County Elementary School, Clinton County Middle School, Cumberland County Elementary School, Green County Intermediate School, Hopkins Elementary School, Metcalfe County Elementary School, Nancy Elementary School, Pine Knot Elementary School, Russell Springs Elementary School, Salem Elementary School, Science Hill Elementary School, Southern Elementary School, Wayne County Monticello Elementary, and Whitley City Elementary School. Each team competed virtually from either their school or home.

With no state competition for elementary levels, Adair County Elementary School Academic Team ended its season with a hard-earned victory of top honors on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

"At the end of the afternoon Saturday, all the time and hard work these students had put in during the season had paid off," stated Lisa Newell-Hare, one of the team's two coaches, along with Jeana Pike. "They have once again proven that Adair County students take academics to another level. We hope this serves as a foundation as these students move on to middle school and high school Governor's Cups."

Accomplishments for Adair County students at Regional Competition included:


  • 1st place Overall Champions of Region 11 Governor's Cup
  • 1st place Future Problem Solving (FPS)
  • 1st place Quick Recall
  • 1st place individual to Patrick Oliver in Arts & Humanities Written Assessment
  • 4th place individual to Patrick Oliver in Mathematics Written Assessment
The first place FPS team included Riley Andrew, Lily Coots, Braylee Corbin, Mariah Kelsay, Suzy Kotter, and Pierce Stotts. "I am so proud of these outstanding students, and it has been a joy to work with them," Coach Jeana Pike says. "Problem-solving is something we do every day and having a process to follow is invaluable. It is always challenging to find the most effective way to work with FPS, especially this year with everything being virtual, but these students have stepped up to the challenge and reaped great results in the end. Going undefeated in both District and Regional competitions is a great way to end our season!"

The Quick Recall team won matches against Cumberland County Elementary (28-12), Salem Elementary (28-8), Russell Springs Elementary (34-7), and a final match against Clinton County Middle School (23-16). The members of Quick Recall were Braylee Corbin, Kalynn Corbin, Wiley Feese, Suzy Kotter, Ady McMinoway, Patrick Oliver, Pierce Stotts, and Adrian Zinati. "It's humbling [Quick Recall] went undefeated," Coach Lisa Newell-Hare said about her team. "The final match against Clinton County was a real nail-biter, back-and-forth affair until ACES pulled ahead at the end. The many hours spent practicing virtually as a team and independent practice at home paid off for us."

With the season over, the returning team members are already eyeing a repeat performance next year. With one of the youngest teams Adair County Elementary School has ever had, the majority of the team will be returning for the 2021-2022 season.

Previously: ACES Academic Team aces Governor's Cup district competition


This story was posted on 2021-03-08 18:28:14
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ACES Academic Team takes top honors at regional competition



2021-03-08 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lisa Newell-Hare.
Pictured back row (Left to Right): Coach Jeana Pike, Wiley Feese, Braylee Corbin, Patrick Oliver, Kalynn Corbin, and Coach Lisa Newell-Hare

Front row (Left to Right) Ady McMinoway, Suzy Kotter, Pierce Stotts, and Adrian Zinati.

Not pictured: Riley Andrew, Sallie Ballou, Briley Breeding, Lily Coots, and Mariah Kelsay.

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