LaRue County Middle School’s Knowledge Masters team members are the 2013-14 champions in area competition sponsored by the Hardin County Board of Education and the Hardin County Educational and Community Television station.
They claimed their second straight title in the single-elimination competition by defeating T.K. Stone Middle School Nov. 21.
The champs scored wins over Breckinridge County earlier that day after topping J.T. Alton and West Hardin Middle Schools Nov. 7. Nine area middle schools entered the Knowledge Masters competition.
“I’m proud of our team and the way they worked together,” said Doris Jean Holleran, retired LCMS math teacher and 14-year Academic Team coach. “They were exemplary, even having compliments paid at the restaurants where we ate because of their politeness and good behavior.”
Team members answered toss-up questions that came from all academic subject areas, and much like television game quiz shows, they pressed buzzers to answer those questions.
If correct, they had a chance at a bonus question, receiving points for correct answers. If incorrect, the opposing team had a chance to answer the question. The team with the most points won.
Holleran, who taught 29 years at LCMS in her 33-year career, has 30 students on the school’s academic team. Besides Knowledge Masters, she prepares students for several other events.
On Dec. 7, her sixth-graders will compete in a showcase at Grayson County Middle School against students from the host school and four other area schools. Part of that competition involves taking written assessments in different subject areas.
Three students from each school will compete in a timed (60-minute) on-demand writing argumentative paper, with their not knowing the topic until they arrive on site. Students will also engage in quick recall competition.
LCMS Governor’s Cup competitors are involved in assessments and quick recall as they enter district events on Jan. 18, and possibly regionals Feb. 1 and state March 15-17.
Her Future Problem Solving (6-8 grades) team of four students will read a future scenario relating to a given topic, such as “Surveillance Society.” Within two hours of receiving the scenario, they must come up with 16 challenges it presents, decide which will be the biggest underlying problem, then produce 16 solutions and write an action plan to solve the most pressing challenge.
“MATHCOUNTS is a written competition to solve math problem-solving problems that are very challenging,” said Holleran. She starts practicing with that team this month for chapter competition on Feb. 15, and possibly state competition March 21-22. Middle School students can win college scholarships to WKU at the chapter level and UK and U of L at the state level based on their scores in MATHCOUNTS competition.