• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

WCMS students place at state Governor’s Cup

BRYANT CRAIG and Maia Smith, eighth-grade students at Woodford County Middle School, earned top-10 finishes at the 2018 Kentucky Governor’s Cup state finals. Bryant was fifth in science written assessment, while Maia was seventh in arts and humanities. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Woodford County Middle School eighth-graders Bryant Craig and Maia Smith earned top-10 finishes in the 2018 Kentucky Governor’s Cup state finals, propelling WCMS to 16th place overall.

Bryant finished fifth in science written assessment, while Maia was seventh in arts and humanities. She also earned a third place in the general knowledge exam at the Kentucky Governor’s Cup state finals.

“It’s absolutely a big deal – especially for a school this size,” said WCMS academic team Coach Tyler Murphy. He said most students who finish in the top 10 come from large middle schools with large academic team programs.

Both Bryant and Maia credit hours of studying for helping them earn top-10 finishes in the Governor’s Cup state finals.

“I think I’ve done more studying in my entire life in the span of three days leading up to state. It was crazy,” said Maia.

“I personally enjoy (studying) because of all the different things it makes me aware of.” For example, her studies for Governor’s Cup sparked an interest in 1800s art in America, she said.

Even before his intense study in the week leading up to the state finals, Bryant said he’s always had a desire to learn about the history of space exploration. The “oh, wows” of what he learns typically drive him to want to learn more about science, he explained.

Besides the individual accomplishments, Woodford County Middle School’s future problem solving team (Cody Boesch, Bryant Craig, Addie Patterson and Jordan Patterson) ranked among the top 15 teams in the state, which shows “we have really strong (academic team) programs here,” said Murphy.

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