• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Fundraiser to support WCHS academic team

WCMS ACADEMIC TEAM members, from left, front, are Sarah Murner, Caylee Marshall, Travis Korby, Jonathan Grate and Ryan Mink; middle, Coach Devan Martinez, Sarah Potts, Connor Akers, James Bates, Logan Curtis and Coach April York; back, Sam Hite, Logan Craig, Wesley Forte, Sam Eagen, Seth Allen and Coach Ken Tonks. Not pictured are Derek Forte and Joe Kowalke. (Photo submitted)

Teams participating in a "Trivia Night Fundraiser" at Woodford County High School on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m., will compete for prizes, while also supporting the academic team at WCHS.

"We'd really love for the community to come," said first-year WCHS head Coach April York. "It will also be a chance for them to see some of what academic team is about ... and see the team.

"Sometimes I wonder if our community is really aware of how much success these kids have" achieved, she said.

WCHS, which has consistently made the playoffs in eight tournaments involving nationally ranked teams so far this season, has already qualified its A-team to the PACE national finals in Chicago.

Teams of up to six adults ($50) and six students ($25) may register for Trivia Night in advance by completing a registration form available at WCHS. Or teams may register at the door on Trivia Night, which will be held in the school's cafeteria.

"If it goes well, we hope to have a Trivia Night every year," said York. She described a turnout of 20 to 30 trivia teams as a success.

Funds generated from the Trivia Night Fundraiser will help ensure WCHS students continue gaining valuable experience in out-of-state tournaments. Two to four teams represent WCHS at these tournaments - giving many students a chance to play against top-notch competition.

"We really believe that because we travel and our freshmen see these nationally ranked teams ... they understand the expectation and they rise to meet that expectation," said York.

In order to continue getting better as team, she said, "We need to play these really great teams that we're going to see at these out-of-state tournaments." WCHS freshman Logan Craig credits his more-experienced teammates for their willingness to share "very good studying strategies" so he and other underclassmen can learn a lot of new information in a short period of time. He said they've also helped their less-experienced teammates understand how they should handle themselves while competing in out-of-state tournaments, which provides playing experience to everyone on the team.

"It's a lot more exposure to a lot more knowledge," said senior Travis Korby. He said students join the academic team because they enjoy learning and want to show their knowledge at these tournaments.

"We've created a good culture of putting in hard work and expecting that hard work to pay off," said York, an assistant coach for two years under longtime Coach Kyle Fannin.

WCHS juniors Seth Allen and Sarah Potts have embraced leadership roles on the quick-recall team. "It's about (being) in the moment, just listening to the questions and being able to react," said Sarah.

Travis has competed in athletics, but the second-year player said he's having more fun as a member of the academic team. "When we're together, we just click," he added.

WCHS repeats as district champs The WCHS academic team recently won its 10th consecutive Kentucky Governor's Cup District 41 title.

The Brain Jackets were quick-recall champs and earned top honors in math, science, social studies, language arts, and arts and humanities in written assessment.

Individually, Seth Allen was first in social studies, and arts and humanities; Ryan Mink finished tied for first in math and first in science; and Sarah Potts finished first in language arts. Other top-five finishers were Wesley Forte (second in social studies), Sarah Potts (second in composition), Travis Korby (second in language arts), Jonathan Grate (third in social studies), Sarah Murner (third in arts and humanities) and Graham Kain (fourth in composition). Those students will represent WCHS in the region.

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