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TCHS academic team wins 7th-straight district title

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Change in district doesn't deter winning streak

By The Staff

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Different district, different opponents, doesn’t matter.  

Trimble County High School’s academic team – despite being moved to the 29th district with Oldham, North Oldham, and South Oldham – won the district title for the seventh year in a row. 

This one was by the closest margin possible, as the Raiders squeaked out a half-point victory over North Oldham High School, 29.5 to 29. 

Academic team matches are separated into three parts: written, individual tests and quick recall. At district competition, the quick recall is inherently valuable, as a team can earn eight points for first place.

Individual honors are only worth five points for first place, four points for second, three points for third, two for fourth, and one for fifth.

Trimble competed fairly well in both the written and individual testing, but dominated the quick recall, winning each match convincingly.  

“I was surprised, frankly,” admitted co-coach Jon Graham. “I knew we had a good shot after we won regionals for the JV Challenge, but my kids are pretty young and all three Oldham schools are academically outstanding.  I’m really glad for the kids.  They worked hard.”

The quick recall team was paced by senior Jacob Mejean, who earned 17 points.  Senior Zach Taylor served as team captain and scored 12 points.  Freshman James Line scored 11, while sophomore Hunter Consley added three.

“We usually score about double what we scored for an entire match here, so the questions were really difficult,” said Graham.  “It’s amazing what these kids know.”

Individual honors were awarded to the following Trimble students:  Nick Kleinhenz for fifth place in science; Consley, fourth place, science; Hannah Hudson, third place, composition; Mejean, second place, math; Taylor, second place, language arts; and Line, second place, humanities and social studies. They all will compete at Boone County in the 8th Region competition on Feb. 20.

Additionally, the quick recall team, with starters Mejean and Taylor, Consley and  Line, are set to compete that day for the 8th Region title, as well.