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ACMS Academic Team Wins Regional Championship

By Brett Reliford

The Adair County Middle School Academic Team made history Saturday, January 30, by becoming the Governor's Cup Regional Champions for Region 11. The competition was the head-to-head battle against District winners from across the Region, and winners at the Region event earned the right to advance to the Governor's Cup State Championships. During the final standings at the awards ceremony, Adair stood as the overall winner in a very competitive Region 11.

From the coach's seat: "As most people have experienced, operating in a virtual learning year has come with challenges, and I cannot say enough about the effort from our competitors that it took to accomplish this year's championship. I have noted this several times in the past about the level of accomplishment that comes with winning a Regional Championship and what that means: having been a part of both Academic Team and sports settings, the jubilation and feeling that we have when we are able to come out on top in any year where the title Regional Champion is earned is very similar in either setting. The off-season work, the August-February week-in and week-out practices that it takes to be able to stay competitive and eventually come out on top is very similar to the level of dedication it takes in any ultra-competitive experience.

I am so proud of the level of achievement for these students, and if you recognize any of the names in the team accomplishments below--if they are a neighbor, a schoolmate, a child of a co-worker, etc.--pass along your congratulations to them. They are a great group of students to be able to work with, and as a coach, my hope is that they are able to feel at least an ounce of the pride in themselves that I feel toward them about their achievements."

The Quick Recall team battled through stiff competition each round of matches, going undefeated on the day to earn the right to be crowned Regional Champs. The team members representing Quick Recall were Bailey Watts, Andrew Zinati, Joseph Kotter, Angelica Bell, Jay Burton, Samantha Oliver, Hannah Kotter, and Natalea Kaylor.

The Future Problem Solving team was also named Regional Champions of the FPS event as well. The team worked to complete the FPS process in tackling issues regarding Human Environmental Impact. The team now advances to the State Championship to confront the challenges of Personalized Medicine. Having both Quick Recall and FPS team events finish in 1st Place is a rare accomplishment at the Regional level across any corner of the state. The team members that competed for Adair in the Future Problem Solving event were Joseph Kotter, Hannah Kotter, Abigail Kemp, and Mia Schneider.

In the always challenging individual events, Bailey Watts and Andrew Zinati took home Top 5 honors in their respective events. Watts won 1st Place in the Arts and Humanities competition while also taking 2nd Place in the Language Arts event. Zinati also pulled off a rare double State qualification by placing 3rd in Science and 4th in Social Studies. Also noteworthy, brothers Trevir and Tristin Andrews represented the team with outstanding performances, just missing state qualification by one question and two questions respectively in a very competitive Mathematics event.

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