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SCAPA, Rosa Parks go out on top in Superintendent's Cup

Elementary school teams from SCAPA at Bluegrass and Rosa Parks Elementary capped the 2016-17 Academic Challenge season with impressive wins in the Superintendent’s Cup. These students, along with individual winners in the math/science and writing assessments, received scholarship offers from sponsoring colleges. 

“How fitting that during March Madness, we’re gathered to recognize academic success,” said Superintendent Manny Caulk. “I commend all the students who worked so hard. They’re all winners.” 

The top primary and intermediate teams from the three regional tournaments faced off March 28 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 final round were declared champions of their respective divisions. 

PRIMARY (grades 2-3)

  • First place and winners of scholarship offers from Bluegrass Community & Technical College – Rosa Parks Elementary (16 of 18 possible points, yellow region): Ayaan Hasham, Tyler Johnson, Lilly Kinningham, Stoney Mack, Ahaan Thomas, and Caelan Whitlow;
  • Runner-up, Meadowthorpe (14 points, purple region): Jabez Caraballo, Avneesh Kudrimoti, Raejion Lewis, Grady Luebbehusen, Soumili Maity, and Belle McKinlay;
  • Third place, James Lane Allen (7 points, teal region): Lelo Badeagama, Carley Biddulph,
    Jesus Gabino, Lucy McClung, Leah Pearse, and Gael Villalba.

INTERMEDIATE (grades 4-5)

  • First place and recipients of scholarship offers from Eastern Kentucky University – SCAPA at Bluegrass (15 of 18 possible points, yellow region): Mina Hartman, Alyssa Morrison, Hanari Otake, Liam Rayens, Elliot Tiennot, and Faith Walls;
  • Runner-up after 3-2 tiebreaker, Breckinridge (14 points, teal region): Braxton Baker, Nana Bamfo, Samantha Edington, Danielle Kaono, Micah Patrick, and Christina Stokley;
  • Third place after 3-2 tiebreaker, Tates Creek (14 points, purple region): Elise Dix, Asyonnah Ezzard, Aukylah Givens, Parth Patel, Zoey Washington, and Tony Xu.


The following University of Kentucky scholarship recipients were selected earlier and announced during the awards ceremony. 

  • Fourth-grade writing: Jay Pearman, Veterans Park Elementary, yellow region; and Emanuel Samwele, Harrison Elementary, teal region;
  • Fifth-grade writing: Eduardo Tiscareno, Cardinal Valley Elementary, teal region; and Hailee Russell, Dixie Magnet Elementary, purple region;
  • Fifth-grade math/science: Lauren VanZant – SCAPA at Bluegrass, yellow region; and Puja Adhikari, Julius Marks Elementary, purple region. 

In a special recognition, Northern and Mary Todd elementaries received the Haymaker Foundation Team Award, which goes to schools with significant increases in participation levels. The award includes a $1,000 check. 

The Academic Challenge Program, which is coordinated by the Urban League and Fayette County Public Schools, fosters a culture that encourages excitement and engagement in academics, stresses the importance of parental involvement, and enables students to participate in rigorous contests with their peers. Students receive trophies, medals, and certificates, and the sponsoring colleges award scholarship offers in the finale.

School teams participating in 2016-27 were divided into three groups for scrimmages and preliminary competitions. After the March 11 regional tournaments, the six winners advanced to the Superintendent’s Cup.  

All students in grades 2-5 are welcome to compete; check with the child’s elementary school early this fall to sign up for 2017-18. For general questions, email the regional coordinators: Emily Loscheider (teal), Rhonda Parrigin (purple), or Maria Harrington (yellow).