The Russellville High School academic team was in action at the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition Region 2 competition recently in Madisonville. The quick recall team of Adam Williams (captain), Phillip Wilkerson, Will Mullen, Brennan Hughes, and Austin Coursey finished as regional runners-up, the highest finish of any RHS quick recall team in the 31-year history of the event, and qualified for the state finals in Louisville next month. Also qualifying for state in regional individual written assessments were Brennan Hughes (social studies regional champion) and Phillip Wilkerson (science regional champion). Hughes was among the top ten regional assessment scores across the state in social studies.
The team finished the event as overall regional runners-up, the highest overall rank in RHS history for the regional contest. The future problem solving team of Ashlee Gilbert, Phillip Wilkerson, Sam Cosner, and CJ Bordan finished 3rd at regionals, but only the top two regional teams in that event qualify for state. Mrs. Jennifer Rogers serves as the head coach for the RHS academic team.
Logan County High School’s quick recall team and several individual students also competed at the regional event. Austin Yewell qualified for state by tying for 4th place in arts and humanities written assessment. LCHS’s academic team is coached by Mr. Harvey Harris and Mr. John Hughes.
Region 2 is made up of the following high schools: Caldwell County High School, Christian County High School, Dawson Springs School (HS), Franklin Simpson High School, Heritage Christian Academy, Hopkins County Central High School, Livingston Central High School, Logan County High School, Madisonville North Hopkins HS, Muhlenberg County High School, Russellville Ind. High School, Trigg County High School, and University Heights Academy.
On February 13, middle school regionals were held in Scottsville. Area students advancing to state finals from that event include Benjamin Slack of Russellville Middle School (4th in social studies written assessment), Matthew Wilkerson of Russellville Middle School (4th in science written assessment), and Sarah Cassady of Auburn School (5th in mathematics written assessment). The Adairville School future problem solving team finished 3rd but will not be advancing to state. Tina Shoemake is the head coach of the Russellville Middle School academic team.
Region 5 in the middle school division is made up of Adairville School, Auburn Elementary, Barren County Middle School, Bowling Green Jr. High School, Butler County Middle School, Chandlers School, Drakes Creek Middle School, Edmonson County Middle School, Franklin Simpson Middle School, Glasgow Middle School, Henry F. Moss Middle School, James E. Bazzell Middle School, Lewisburg Middle School, Olmstead School, Russellville Middle School, South Warren Middle School, St. Joseph School, and Warren East Middle School.
KAAC is a non-profit, independent, educational service agency. Over 30,000 students representing over 1200 public and private schools participate in KAAC events. Governor’s Cup was founded in 1986 as a way to promote, reward and recognize outstanding academic achievement. Since then, over a quarter of a million students have taken part in the event. Thousands of coaches, administrators, parents and community leaders see the rewards gained from encouraging academic performance through properly structured and professionally administered academic competition.