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Arlington & Ashland Win Team Trophies in 2023 Superintendent’s Cup

The primary team from Arlington Elementary and the intermediate team from Ashland Elementary won the 2023 Superintendent’s Cups to cap this spring's Academic Challenge series. Their participating students will also receive college scholarships from Midway University ($20,000) and Morehead State ($12,000), respectively.

Primary Division (grades 2-3)

  • 1st place: Arlington -- Selma Angulo, Caroline Davis, Nathan Glover, Arianna Lavizzio, Alice Sanda, and Madison Sweatt
  • 2nd place: Mary Todd – Mia Alvarez, Justice Griffin, Kingston Hamilton, Mia Alfaro Marin, John-Tyler Patrick, and Lucas Mejia Portillo
  • 3rd place: Picadome -- Talia El-Amouri, Bentley Gonzalez, Rain Gordon, Laney Gumm, Hailey Miller, and Benjamin Pollock

Intermediate Division (grades 4-5)

  • 1st place: Ashland -- Jordan Capley, Hanni Ge, Mary Hightower, Cecilia Kaye, JaMariyah Lanier, and Finnegan O’Farrell
  • 2nd place: Millcreek – Abdullah Al-Rashed, Carleigh Cornett, Laeton Happy, Ajong Kemcha, Nala Spivey, and Peyton Young
  • 3rd place: Arlington -- Netalya Brewer, Anthony Brown, Aubryonna Johnson, and Jaleeyah Livingston

These teams squared off on March 29 at the John D. Price Administration Building after advancing from the regional contests, which drew over 800 students. In the quiz bowl format, a moderator asked nearly 20 questions from various subject areas, including math, social studies, science, language arts, and arts and humanities.

“Our students are shining and showing so much knowledge and leadership,” said Superintendent Demetrus Liggins, who presented the awards along with Annissa Franklin, chief administrative officer for the Urban League of Lexington/Fayette County.

Academic Challenge is an Urban League initiative in partnership with Fayette County Public Schools and Kentucky colleges as award sponsors. To date, our students have received more than $2.3 million in scholarships. “This is the 20th year for this event, and this partnership means a lot,” Liggins said.

In the competition, interested students in grades 2-5 from participating Title I elementary schools  flex their academic muscles through quiz bowl contests in three geographical regions, with the primary and intermediate division winners advancing to the Superintendent’s Cup finals. If you have questions, please check with your school's coordinator or email Sharon Mofield-Boswell in the district’s Family & Community Engagement office.

Posted March 30, 2023