Three LCMS academic teams advance to state

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By Ron Benningfield

 For the first time in Doris Jean Holleran's 14 years as academic team coach, each of the three LaRue County Middle School teams she coaches has captured first place at regional competition and with it the opportunity to advance to state.


My Old Kentucky Home regional MATHCOUNTS winners Skyler Hornback, Rachel Sheffer, Jaxon Boley and Simon Coy will represent LCMS at state March 22 at the Holiday Inn Hurstbourne in Louisville.

Other students who competed in chapter competition were Justin Brock, Sydney Pepper, Brady McDowell, Alyssa White, Sarah Cooper and Samuel Goff.

“For more than 30 years MATHCOUNTS has provided enriching, extracurricular opportunities to students and free, high-quality resources to educators,” said Holleran. “As national competition for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, it is the only program of its kind.”

The Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, as well as many private organizations, fund and volunteer in this program. At the local chapter levels, Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky offer scholarships.  At the state level, UK and the University of Louisville award scholarships.

“As the first-place student in the My Old Kentucky Home chapter, Skyler received a full four-year scholarship to both UK and WKU,” said Holleran.

Quick recall

LaRue’s quick recall team beat Bluegrass Middle, but fell to Heath and Elkhorn middle schools in State Governor’s Cup competition March 16 at the Galt House.

Members competing included Hornback, Jake Gardner, Harrison Hynes, Bridget Southwood, Malerie Skaggs, Brady McDowell, Cooper, Nicholas Vazquez and Mason Lane.

“Quick Recall is an academic competition comparable to Quiz Bowl,” said Holleran. “The Kentucky state tournament, called the Governor's Cup, is officiated by the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition.”

Forty-eight middle school and 48 high school teams out of about 400 schools at each level progress from 24 regions to the state competition.

Future problem solving

The Future Problem Solving Team of White, Hynes, Dylan Sullivan and Gilbert Cox competed March 15 at the Galt House in State Governors Cup competition. Results will be in next week’s paper.

“Founded by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving Program International stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares them for leadership roles,” said Holleran.

Topics change for each level of competition within the year, according to Holleran. This year’s topics were desertification, surveillance society and land transportation.