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
1st -- Landon Cambron
2nd -- Jeb Hughes
3rd -- Andrew Lupachino
1st -- Seth Caldwell
4th -- Sydnie Mattingly
Arts and Humanities
1st -- Kayla Lancaster
5th -- Seth Caldwell
3rd -- Zachary Essex
4th -- Samuel Cecil
6th -- Hayden Robbins
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