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Adair Co. Elementary Academic Team takes district top honors

By Lisa Newell-Hare

Adair County Elementary School Academic Team participants competed Tuesday, February 8 and Saturday, February 12, 2022 in District 38 Governor's Cup at Russell Springs Elementary School. The team bested four other squads to win the title of overall District competition, Adair County Elementary also claimed first place finish in Future Problem Solving (FPS) and Quick Recall, while several students notched individual victories. These achievements have awarded advancement to Regional competition at Joe Harrison Carter Elementary School in Tompkinsville, Kentucky on February 28 and March 5, 2022.

"They've been practicing for this since September, so it's great to see all the hard work pay off," says Lisa Newell-Hare, one of the team's two coaches, along with Jeana Pike. "We've got great students and a supportive group of parents/guardians who helped make this happen." This year's ACES Academic Team was composed of twenty members: Riley Andrew, Christopher Armenti, Alaynah Bayuk, Madison Burkhardt, Addison Chapman, Elaine Cook, Lily Coots, Wiley Feese, Leo Garsee, Chloe Grider, RyAnna Hale, Rocky Klingberg, Suzy Kotter, Patrick Oliver, Bentley Petty, Ellie Staten, Mia Stephens, Cole Stockton, Pierce Stotts, and Maddie Wethington.

The winning FPS team featured Riley Andrew, Lily Coots, Leo Garsee, Chloe Grider, RyAnna Hale, Suzy Kotter, Bentley Petty, Mia Stephens, Cole Stockton, and Pierce Stotts. Their topic for the competition was "Building Green." "These students never cease to amaze me with their creativity and problem-solving skills," says Pike, who focuses her coaching duties on FPS. "They've worked hard to learn and apply the six-step creative problem solving model to complex issues facing society today. It was a great challenge for them and they're truly winners in my eyes."

First place individual winners for ACES include Riley Andrew (Arts & Humanities), Christopher Armenti (Science), Patrick Oliver (Mathematics & Social Studies), and Ellie Staten (Language Arts). Other top-five finishers were Riley Andrew (2nd in Written Composition), Christopher Armenti (4th in Mathematics & 2nd in Social Studies), Elaine Cook (2nd in Science & 5th in Arts & Humanities), Wiley Feese (2nd in Science & 4th in Written Composition), Cole Stockton (4th in Arts & Humanities) and Maddie Wethington (4th in Language Arts).

One of the most competitive portions of the competition Saturday was the Quick Recall event. ACES won all four matches they competed in. "I was extremely proud of how well they persevered in a long day of competitions," says Newell-Hare. "They kept the right attitude the whole time, encouraging their own teammates, as well as their opponents." Quick Recall team members were Alaynah Bayuk, Madison Burkhardt, Addison Chapman, Wiley Feese, RyAnna Hale, Rocky Klingberg, Suzy Kotter, Patrick Oliver, Cole Stockton, Pierce Stotts, and Maddie Wethington.

The ACES Academic Team will compete in the Governor's Cup Region competition on February 28th for FPS and Written Composition and March 5th for Written Assessments and Quick Recall. "We can't wait for regional competition," Newell-Hare says. "The students are excited for the opportunity."

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Adair Co. Elementary Academic Team takes district top honors

2022-02-14 - Russell Co., KY - Photo courtesy Adair Co. Elementary School.
Front row: Patrick Oliver, Cole Stockton, Rocky Klingberg, Madison Burkhardt, Christopher Armenti, Ryanna Hale

Middle Row: Addison Chapman, Ellie Staten, Alaynah Bayuk, Pierce Stotts, Suzy Kotter

Back row: Mrs. Lisa Newell-Hare, Elaine Cook, Riley Andrew, Maddie Wethington, Wiley Feese, Lily Coots and Mrs. Jeana Pike

Not pictured: Leo Garsee, Chloe Grider, Chloe Grider, Bentley Petty and Mia Stephens

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