Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Middle School academic team won the KAAC Region 5 Governor’s Cup overall championship on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Chandlers Elementary in Logan County. The team earned a total of 46 points, more than 20 points better than runner up Bowling Green Junior High School. The ECMS academic team placed first in quick recall, placed first in future problem solving, and placed in eight testing spots.
Three ECMS players took top spots in testing events: Sarah Stewart, 8th grade, took first place in arts and humanities testing, Brody Johnson, 6th grade, placed first language arts and fourth in arts and humanities testing, Jonas Miller, 6th grade, placed first in social studies, Meredith Hennion placed second in language arts, Jon Smith placed second in mathematics, Gavin Rose finished second in social studies, and Arey Durbin placed fifth in arts and humanities. All of these students will compete in the KAAC Governor’s Cup State Finals.
Head Coach Greg Grey discussed some of the keys to the winning performances.
“The importance of testing to our team’s overall success cannot be stressed too much," he said. "Thirty of our total forty-six points came from testing. Both Brody’s score in language arts and Jonas’ score in social studies were among the top ten scores in the state in those events. Our success in testing is a testament to our hard work.”
For the first time ever, the future problem solving team took first place in the region. The regional topic dealt with problems arising from 3-D printing in the future with biological applications of 3-D printing being the primary focus of regional competition.
“Coach Nick Skaggs has taken our FPS program to the next level," said Grey. "Our FPS team understands the process better than ever thanks to his efforts. Our team is looking forward to the challenge of competing in the state FPS contest.”
In quick recall, ECMS overpowered all of its competitors. In round one, ECMS defeated host school Chandlers, 49 to 8. ECMS outscored Glasgow Middle School 41 to 24 in round two of the quick recall competition, then moved on to face district rival Bowling Green in round four. EC took a commanding 21 to 4 lead by halftime and ended the game with a 36 to 25 victory. In the championship game, ECMS matched up against Glasgow, which would be much closer than the previous match. ECMS earned the quick recall championship with a 32 to 26 victory.
“This was another great day for the ECMS academic team," said a proud Coach Grey. "Our team excelled in all areas and our quick recall team turned in another dominant performance. We will be focusing all our efforts on state tournament now. We have high hopes for strong performance at the KAAC State Finals.”