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Dixie and Tates Creek the big winners in 2018 Superintendent’s Cup

Elementary school teams from Dixie Magnet and Tates Creek topped off the 2017-18 Academic Challenge season with victories in the 2018 Superintendent’s Cup. These students, along with individual winners in the math/science and writing assessments, received scholarship offers from sponsoring colleges. 

“We’re gathered here to celebrate academic success,” said Chief of Schools Scott Flowers, standing in for Superintendent Manny Caulk. “It’s wonderful to see so many colleges and universities investing in our students at such a young age. They help put college dreams in reach.” 

In the March 27 finale, the top primary and intermediate teams from the three regionals faced off in the district’s Norsworthy Auditorium to tackle core-content questions in math, science, language arts, social studies, arts and humanities, and practical living. The teams with the most points after the 18-question rounds were declared champions of their respective divisions. 

Primary division results (grades 2-3)

First place and winners of scholarship offers from Morehead State University: Dixie Magnet (13 points, purple region) -- Owen Chapman, Ben Choate, Dharshan Karthik, Harshan Karthik, Izayah Mason, and Nick Stoner; 

Runner-up: Veterans Park (12 points, yellow region) -- Patty Diggikar, Kate Garner, and Aidan Habersack; 

Third place: Deep Springs (4 points, teal region) -- Adrienn Arcure, Anna Savatgy, Quadir White, Ethan Workman, and Layla Workman. 

Intermediate division contest (grades 4-5)

First place and winners of scholarship offers from Eastern Kentucky University: Tates Creek (12 points, purple region) -- Chloe Miller, Zoey Miller, Kenzie Shellhammer, Ryan Sizemore, Gariona Sturgis, and Caleb Ward;

Runner-up: Meadowthorpe (11 points, yellow region) -- Brendan Burke, Emily Francis, Jack Incorporated, and Ashley Kobwa; 

Third place: Cardinal Valley (10 points, teal region) -- Adrian Cox, Hugo de la Rosa Castillo, Christian Delgado Quintero, Yukari Lopez Morales, Martin Martinez Garduno, and Jean Luca Ponciano Villa.

For questions, please contact the regional coordinators: Sydney Scott (yellow), Emily Loscheider (teal), or Rhonda Parrigin (purple).

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Individual awards

The following winners were selected earlier and congratulated during the March 27 awards ceremony.

Math & science / fifth grade --

  • First place, with offers from the University of Kentucky: Lisa Abrampah (Sandersville, yellow region), Tamareion Davis (Deep Springs, teal region), and Joey Krampe (James Lane Allen, purple region);
  • Second place, with a scholarship from Bluegrass Community & Technical College: Jamontie Lamb (Dixie).

Writing / fifth grade --

  • First place, with offers from UK: Cecilia Garces (Liberty, yellow), Jessica Silva Flores (Russell Cave, teal), and Gi Vu (Tates Creek, purple);
  • Second place, with an offer from BCTC: Neftaly Cruz Salvador (Cardinal Valley).

Writing / fourth grade, all with scholarship offers from BCTC --

  • First place: Tiana Gibbons (Sandersville, yellow), Avril Rodriguez (Cardinal Valley, teal), and Sophia Collins (Northern, purple);
  • Second place: Moahnishan Wigna Kumar (Meadowthorpe).

A total of 1,365 students participated in this Academic Challenge season. Dozens of school-based teams divided into three groups for scrimmages and preliminary contests. After the March 10 regional tournaments, the six winners advanced to the Superintendent’s Cup. Individual students also competed in the math/science and writing assessments.

“I commend all the students who’ve worked so hard. How impressive that so many are involved in this competition, which complements their classroom learning,” Flowers said. 

The Academic Challenge program, which is organized by the Urban League (One Community, One Voice) and Fayette County Public Schools, aims to instill the importance of education and help close achievement gaps through a competitive tournament that children look forward to. Students receive trophies, medals, and certificates for participating, and the sponsoring colleges extend scholarship offers in the Superintendent’s Cup each spring. Since 2006, the sponsors have handed out some 400 scholarships worth more than $1.8 million. 

All students in grades 2-5 are welcome in Academic Challenge; contact the elementary school’s coach in early fall to sign up. For general questions, email Rose Santiago in the district’s office of Family and Community Engagement. 

(Photos by Andre Thomas/FCPS)


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