Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 21, 2014

Academic team three-peats

By SARAH ROSE
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — For the third consecutive year, the Glasgow High School Academic Team took home the regional Governor’s Cup on Feb. 15 at South Warren High School.

The team of 14 students won the award because they had the highest combined score for all team and individual events. Glasgow scored 41.33 points. The second place team, Bowling Green High School, scored 27.5.  

Future problem solving and quick recall are the team events, and math, science, social studies, language arts, arts and humanities, and composition are the individual events.

To compete at the regional level, participants are required to be in the top five of their district for individual events or be a part of one of the top two teams.

According to kaac.com, the competition has been around for 28 years.

“Governor’s Cup has become the state’s premier academic event, involving over 20,000 students, nearly 1200 schools, and thousands of coaches, administrators, parents and community leaders who see the rewards gained from encouraging academic performance through properly structured and professionally administered academic competition,” the website stated.

Academic Team Coach Todd Garrison said his team had students testing in all areas.

Garrison, who started coaching three years ago, said he thinks the group has success because they are dedicated.

“Well, the kids work really hard,” Garrison said. “We spend, I think we spend as much time as any other school in our area if not more probably. We’re very organized and we work hard and the kids are very motivated. We have content sessions after school each week for individual content and then quick recall practices every day in the mornings and our [future problem solving] team practices two or three times a week after school.”

Sean Howard, superintendent for the Glasgow School District said he is proud of the participants.

“We had a lot of kids that performed very well,” Howard said.

Garrison said he would like to thank everyone who is involved with the academic team.

“The staff and all the content coaches and assistant coaches and everyone involved just worked truly hard,” Garrison said. “We’re excited to have an opportunity to go to state.”

The state competition will be March 15-17 at the Galt House in Louisville.

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