quick recall team

The Marion County High School academic team recently came away with the district Governor’s Cup championship in a dominant performance that included six first-place finishes. 

“This was an exceptional group,” MCHS Academic Team co-coach Kim Hardin said. “Even the last time we won district, we did not have this many kids place [...] I might have been more excited than the kids were.”

Members of the team include: Samuel Cecil, Mandy Courwright, Jeb Hughes, Halee May, Sydnie Mattingly, Hayden Robbins, James Tuttle, Kayla Lancaster, Landon Cambron, Seth Caldwell, Samuel Thompson, Sammy Tate, Zachary Essex, and Andrew Lupachino.

Laurie Followell also coaches the team.

The district competition was modified because of Covid-19 considerations with students completing the written tests at home and the quick recall competition occurring virtually as a moderator read questions to participants through an online video chat.

Hardin said those types of modifications will continue as members advance to the regional Governor’s Cup competition on February 13 and potentially the state competition.

“Even at state, if I have kids who make it to the state [competition], which I feel like we will, it will be virtual,” she said.

Listed below are the individual results from the district competition:  


1st -- Samuel Thompson

2nd --  Zachary Essex


1st --  Andrew Lupachino

2nd --  James Tuttle

4th --  Samuel Thompson

Social Studies

1st --  Landon Cambron

2nd --  Jeb Hughes

3rd --  Andrew Lupachino

Language Arts

1st -- Seth Caldwell

4th -- Sydnie Mattingly

Arts and Humanities

1st --  Kayla Lancaster

5th --  Seth Caldwell


3rd --  Zachary Essex

4th  --  Samuel Cecil

6th -- Hayden Robbins

Quick Recall

1st Place --  Samuel Thompson, Zachary Essex, James Tuttle, Andrew Lupachino, Kayla Lancaster, Seth Caldwell, Sammy Tate

Pictured are members of the MCHS Quick Recall team: (from left to right) 

Zachary Essex, Landon Cambron, Samuel Thompson, James Tuttle, Sammy Tate, Seth Caldwell, and Kayla Lancaster. Not pictured: Andrew Lupachino