Bottom row: Ian White, Jonas Miller, Brody Johnson, Ethan Edwards, Brycen Daniels, Middle row: Raven Cast, Keri Ann Johnson, Mia Jones, Claire Burklow, Cadence Warthan, Top row: Coach Greg Grey, Coach Allen Florence, J.T. Stewart, Timmy Johnson, Ty Brantley, Coach Robin Grey
The Edmonson County 5/6 Center academic team won the KAAC Governor’s Cup Elementary District 37 overall championship on Saturday, February 27, 2016. The Edmonson County team competed against teams from Hiseville, North Jackson, Park City, and Red Cross Elementary School. Park City Elementary did an excellent job serving as the district host.
The Edmonson County elementary team earned eight awards in written assessment testing. Brody Johnson placed first in both arts and humanities testing and language arts testing. Fourth grader, Brycen Daniels, earned second place in arts and humanities and tied for fifth place in science. Jonas Miller finished second in social studies testing. Cadence Warthan placed third in the language arts assessment. Ethan Edwards earned fourth place in social studies while Ian White tied for fifth in social studies.
The Edmonson County 5/6 Center team placed first in the quick recall competition. In round one Edmonson County faced Red Cross Elementary. Edmonson County took the lead on the first question of the game and never looked back. The team held a commanding 23 to 3 lead at half time. Edmonson County finished the game with a 35 to 12 victory. In their next round of play, Edmonson County faced North Jackson Elementary. Once again the Wildcats pounced on the competition early on and held a 22 to 3 lead at half time. The team continued its strong play in the second half and won by a final score of 39 to 7. North Jackson won its next round and faced Edmonson County in the finals. While neither team answered the first question, Edmonson County answered the next four correctly. By question nine, North Jackson cut the lead to 4 to 3, but the team never got that close to Edmonson County again. The Wildcats outscored North Jackson 18 to 0 in the remainder of the first half to take a 22 to 3 lead. The 5/6 Center team played well in the second half on its way to 35 to 12 victory.
The combination of points earned from quick recall and testing earned the Edmonson County 5/6 Center academic team first place overall in the Elementary Governor’s Cup District 37 Tournament. The team scored 32 points overall to edge out Hiseville’s 31.5 points to win first place. North Jackson finished third with 30 points overall.
Elementary Medal Winners: Cadence Warthan, Ian White, Jonas Miller, Brody Johnson, Ethan Edwards, Brycen Daniels
“This was a great day for the elementary academic team from the 5/6 Center, said Coach Greg Grey. "The other coaches and myself are proud of each and every player. The players have been practicing since September in preparation. Their preparation and study paid big dividends today. This is the first elementary district overall championship since 2007 for an Edmonson County team. Quick recall is truly a team competition; every player contributed to our quick recall victory, but team captain Brody Johnson deserves extra recognition for his outstanding play at the district quick recall tournament. While quick recall is important, the points from testing make all the difference in winning the overall title. We had great success in testing at the district. The coaches hope that the entire team will dedicate themselves to becoming even stronger by the regional tournament.”