• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

WCHS academic team wins first-ever 11th Region title

WCHS MADE HISTORY when its academic team won its first-ever 11th Region Governor's Cup Championship last Saturday, Feb. 20. Pictured, from left, are Wesley Forte, associate Coach Ken Tonks, associate Coach April York, head Coach Kyle Fannin, Jacqui Kowalke, Luke Allen, Branham Chandler, Seth Allen, Hannah Edelen, Sarah Potts, Ryan Mink, Logan Curtis and Travis Korby. Not pictured are Connor Akers, Caleb Chapman and Sarah Murner. (Photo submitted)

Woodford County High School's academic team made history by winning its first-ever 11th Region Governor's Cup championship on Saturday, Feb. 20. WCHS earned 37 points to defeat perennial powerhouse Paul Laurence Dunbar in the overall standings by two points. The WCHS quick-recall team (Hannah Edelen, Luke Allen, Seth Allen and Ryan Mink) defeated Scott County, West Jessamine, Dunbar and West Jessamine again on its way to a first-place finish. Two factors - overall team balance and a strong math person (Ryan) - helped the Brain Jackets make history in quick-recall. "Our quick-recall team played really well because all four of us answered consistently," said Seth, a sophomore. The Brain Jackets ended Dunbar's streak of advancing its quick-recall team to the Governor's Cup state finals every year since the magnet school opened its doors in 1990. "It means that they can be beaten," said senior Hannah. "They're not all-powerful." Three WCHS students earned first-place honors in written assessment - again demonstrating this team's balance. Luke Allen finished first in social studies with a 45 out of 50 (the highest score in the state) and fifth in arts and humanities. Hannah Edelen earned top honors in composition and finished second in language arts. She credited her first-ever trip to the state finals in composition on her use of creative language in her essays. Ryan Mink finished first in math to outperform students in Dunbar's math magnet program. Also earning points in written assessment and advancing to the state finals were Seth Allen with a second-place finish in arts and humanities and a third-place in social studies, and Sarah Potts with a fourth in language arts. "This train's going to continue rolling down the track," said Coach Kyle Fannin, noting that Seth and Sarah are just sophomores and Ryan is only a junior. "We just reload here now." The WCHS academic team next competes in the NAQT State Finals in Louisville on March 5 and the Kentucky Governor's Cup Championship, also in Louisville, from March 19 to 21.

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