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ACES Academic Team aces Governor's Cup district competition

By Lisa Newell-Hare

Adair County Elementary School Academic Team participants competed Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, 2021 in District 38 Governor's Cup in an all virtual event and bested four other squads to win the title of over-all District and advance to regional competition.

In addition to winning the cup, Adair County also claimed first place finish in Future Problem Solving (FPS) and Runner-up in Quick Recall, while several students notched individual victories.

"They've been practicing for this since November, so it's great to see all that hard work pay off in a year where practice sessions were in a virtual setting," says Lisa Newell-Hare, one of the team's two coaches, along with Jeana Pike. "We've got great students and a supportive group of parents who helped make this happen."

This year's ACES Academic Team was composed of thirteen members: Riley Andrew, Sallie Ballou, Briley Breeding, Lily Coots, Braylee Corbin, Kalynn Corbin, Wiley Feese, Mariah Kelsay, Suzy Kotter, Ady McMinoway, Patrick Oliver, Pierce Stotts, and Adrian Zinati.

First place individual winners for ACES include Patrick Oliver (Arts & Humanities) and Sallie Ballou (Written Composition). Other top-five finishers were Braylee Corbin, second place Language Arts, Pierce Stotts, second place Social Studies, Patrick Oliver, second place Mathematics, Ady McMinoway, third place Mathematics and fourth place Arts & Humanities, Riley Andrew, fourth place Written Composition, and Kalynn Corbin, fifth place Social Studies.

The winning FPS team featured Riley Andrew, Lily Coots, Braylee Corbin, Mariah Kelsay, Suzy Kotter, and Pierce Stotts . Their topic Friday was "Wearable Technology." "These students never cease to amaze me with their creativity and problem-solving skills," says Pike, who focuses her coaching duties on FPS. "They've worked hard to learn and apply the six-step creative problem solving model to complex issues facing society today. It was a great challenge for them and they're truly winners in my eyes."

One of the most competitive portions of the competition Saturday was the Quick Recall tournament. ACES won the first round against Science Hill Elementary School. Falling to Southern Elementary in the second round, the team bounced back with a win over Hopkins Elementary and Southern Elementary in the third and fourth rounds. The final match of the day ended with ACES Quick Recall team as Runner-up. "I was really proud of how well they persevered in a long day of competitions, all while competing at home," says Newell-Hare. "They kept the right attitude the whole time." Quick Recall team members were Braylee Corbin, Kalynn Corbin, Wiley Feese, Suzy Kotter, Ady McMinoway, Patrick Oliver, Pierce Stotts, and Adrian Zinati.

The ACES Academic Team will compete in the Governor's Cup Region competition March 1st for FPS and Written Composition and March 6th for Written Assessments and Quick Recall. "We can't wait for regional competition," Newell-Hare says. "The students are excited for the opportunity."

This story was posted on 2021-02-26 10:50:23
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