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AMAZING! ACHS Academic Team Top 10 WORLD finish

ACHS Academic Team - represented by Benjamin Hancock, Lejano Zavalija, Arabella Caldwell, and Chris Stuchell. - big Winners at World Championship Competition
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News from Adair County High School

When the ACHS Future Problem Solving Team won the Governor's Cup State Championship in March, it was a great cap on a year full of accolades that solidified the team as an academic powerhouse in Kentucky. All of that was before the results of the International Championships on June 7-10, 2018..

The team fought through the gauntlet of several other state and national champions from around the globe to accomplish a Top 10 finish at the international level.

"The achievement of a Top 10 awards-winning finish on the international stage is what many FPS students would only dream of." Coach Brett Reliford continued, "Many will never even get the chance to compete at the State Championship Finals, so for our little school to not only make it to a world championship event and then achieve the right to be called one of the Top 10 teams in the world after it's all said and done is the pinnacle of this activity and more than what students realize is possible once they sign up for the challenge of the team."

The results were part of a process that started in August. After 10 months of progress, a series of evaluations, and topping the rankings along the way through many rounds of evaluation, the team had advanced to Internationals and awaited the judges' scores at that level after completing their final competition. Students representing prestigious schools and private academies from Australia, Singapore, Turkey, New Zealand, China, Canada, Norway, France, Macau, and a host of over 40 U.S. states were represented and eventually sitting in 9th Place overall were the Adair County students from right here at home. Even prior to international competition, representative teams from Korea, India, Great Britain, Malaysia, Portugal, and other countries had already been added to the mix before falling just shy of the ultimate prize eventually attained by the ACHS team.

In team competition, ACHS was represented by Benjamin Hancock, Lejano Zavalija, Arabella Caldwell, and Chris Stuchell. The team impressed judges through each stage of evaluation with their efforts concerning the topic of Criminal Justice Systems.

Future Problem Solving International reports that around 250,000 competitors begin the qualification rounds at the beginning of each school year. After months of competitions across the globe, the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse played host to representatives from around the world. This was the Adair County school district's 9th year of qualification for the event, which most schools worldwide and stateside who compete in the event do not ever get a chance to experience.

This story was posted on 2018-06-12 13:44:57
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