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March 7, 2011

Students prepare for academic competition

RICHMOND — Some of the best and brightest students in Madison County can be seen showcasing their knowledge and skills this weekend.

County students will be representing their respective schools during the Governor’s Cup State Finals, which begins Saturday in Lexington.

Middle school and high school students advanced to state by performing well in district and region competitions in composition, science, arts and humanities, social studies, language arts and mathematics.

Team competitions consist of future problem solving and quick recall.

Model Laboratory Middle School won the region championship in future problem solving.

Foley Middle School and Berea Community placed second and third in the event and will compete at state.

Future problem solving consists of four-member teams that are given two hours to analyze a future scene, brainstorm different challenges and develop solutions.

This year’s theme is water quality.

“I think they value the process and they find it challenging,” said Model coach Stephanie Winkler. “It’s one of the most challenging things at the Governor’s Cup. It teaches critical thinking and problem solving. Any time you can assess a problem and can come up with a solution it’s a big benefit.”

Madison Middle School placed third in quick recall and Model fourth, advancing those teams to state.

Model’s high school team placed fourth at the region meet in future problem solving and quick recall to advance to state.

In the middle school competition, Model will be represented by Emma Austin (composition), Christina Schwartz (arts and humanities), Shannon Kelly (arts and humanities) and Cole Brewer (science).

Madison Middle’s Mike Rahmizadeh qualified in two events, arts and humanities and social studies.

Rahmizadeh will be joined by classmates Brianna Ritchison

(composition), Austin Higginbotham (science) and Bryce Elliott (math).

In addition to its problem solving team, Foley will be represented

by Rebekkah Johnson (composition), Alyssa Whittamore (science) and Rachel deRosset (language arts).

“My students enjoy competing academically with other students from around the state,” said Foley coach Barron Jones. “It is nice there is an opportunity to showcase their academic abilities.”

Berea’s Grace Beavin and Sofia Saderholm advanced in composition.

Andrew Harmon, of Clark-Moores, advanced in social studies, and Lucas Glass, of B. Michael Caudill, will compete in mathematics.

Model has three individual students competing at the high school level, Eric Yoder (mathematics), Sara Loy (language arts) and Andrew Sehman (arts and humanities).

Madison Central’s Sydney Allen and Megan Althauser will compete in composition.

For Berea, Lilanna Bagnoli (composition) and Taylor Satterthwaite (arts and humanities) will compete.

Overall, Danville won the middle school region with 28 points. Model and Madison Middle tied with 17 points, although Model finished third and Madison Middle fourth based on a tiebreaker.

Foley was sixth with 13 points, Berea seventh with 6 points, Clark-Moores eighth with 3.5 points and B. Michael Caudill ninth with 2 points.

Fourteen teams competed in the event.

In the high school competition, Danville was first with 31 points.

Model finished fourth with 10.5 points, Berea seventh with 7 points, Madison Central eighth with 5 points.

Madison Southern did not score any points at the tournament.

Seventeen teams competed at the region meet.

Tim Mandell can be reached at or 623-1669 ext. 6696.

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