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Academic Team wins regional Governor’s Cup competition

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By The Staff

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In a region with some of the very best performing school districts in the state, Trimble County High School made it to the top in the Governor’s Cup Competition last weekend.

Oh Saturday, the TCHS A-Team won the 8th Region Academic Team meet against Shelby, Conner, Ryle and other top high schools in Northern Kentucky.

The Raider quick recall team, including starters Jacob Mejean, James Line, Hunter Consley, team captain Zach Taylor, and reserves Nick Kleinhenz and Hannah Hudson, overcame a dedicated Shelby County squad in the finals, 28-24.

“We had to play those guys three times, said Raider Coach Jon Graham. “Any time you have to play another team more than once in a tournament, it’s difficult. They learn your weaknesses and strengths, and can take advantage. I’m just glad our guys won.”

The quick recall team was paced by its two leading scorers, seniors Mejean and Taylor. Mejean dominated math questions all day, often answering correctly before the reader finished the question.

“Shelby’s coach said she hadn’t faced anyone like Jake all year. He’s pretty special,” Graham said.

Taylor, meanwhile, dominated both the language arts and science portions of the tournament. In one vital sequence against the Rockets, Taylor answered four straight questions late in the second half, putting the Raiders comfortably ahead at 24-18.

“That was the key to the match,” said Graham. “Without that run, we don’t win. He’s been our MVP all year, and he really saved our bacon in a couple matches, all by himself.”

On the way to the finals, aside from playing Shelby County (three times), Trimble also defeated Owen County 36-14 and Conner 36-21.

Not only was the Trimble quick recall team regional champ, the Raiders also boasted four test-takers as state finalists in five subjects. Seniors Zach Taylor and Hannah Hudson placed in language arts and composition respectively. “I didn’t think I did well at all,” said Hudson immediately after receiving her medal, “I’m happy!”

As he had done earlier in districts, freshman James Line placed in two categories—social studies and arts and humanities. “James is a remarkable young man,” said Trimble Co-coach Marcie Graham, “He’s a great kid and obviously a really smart person as well.” Sophomore Hunter Consley placed in science, as well as helping in quick recall.

All four students will take their individual tests on Saturday, March 13. Quick recall begins on Sunday, March 14, and continues through Monday.

According to its Web site, the Governor’s Cup “promotes, rewards and recognizes outstanding academic achievement.” More than 20,000 students from about 1,200 schools compete each year. Events include individual written assessment in math, science, social studies, language arts or arts/humanities; compostion (on-demand writing); quick recall, also known as “quiz bowl”; future problem-solving (creative thinking).

“I didn’t think we had much of a chance at winning the whole regional, because we don’t have a future problem-solving team. That’s eight points we’re giving away to other schools around the region,” Graham said. “In a competition like this, you need every point you can get. But our kids found a way to get it done. I’m extremely proud of them. We all are.”

This is Trimble’s first Regional Championship ever in KAAC Competition.

Earlier this season, the Raiders won the JV Challenge, dominating that competition by six total points.