March 17, 2015
Kate Cecil wins 2nd place in state in Arts & Humanities, places in top ten in three categories
The Galt House, Louisville, Kentucky-March 16, 2015: A memorable year of academic competition draws to a close with the contests and awards of the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition’s State Governor’s Cup Competition. This year was especially memorable for the coaches and students of Louisa Middle School’s Scrappy UnderDawgs.
After a successful league season featuring a quick recall record of 14 wins and 2 losses, the Dawgs won their 16th consecutive District Governor’s Cup Championship with the entire team of 14 students advancing to Regional competition. Team members include: Kate Cecil, Lexi Erwin, Will Ferguson, Abby Fletcher, Jacob Fletcher, Ashley Hayes, Sahara Hundley, Jacob Kessinger, Brock Kessinger, William Lampert, Shaylon Moore, Lincoln Rose, Bailey Thompson and Mark Webb.
At Regional Competition, held at Russell Middle School, Louisa exceeded all hopes and expectations finishing as Runner-up in Quick Recall and in overall points for the event. In addition to advancing to State Governor’s Cup in Quick Recall, Kate Cecil advanced in Language Arts and Arts and Humanities Written Assessments, Shaylon Moore and Abby Fletcher advanced in Mathematics Written Assessment and Lincoln Rose advanced in Social Studies Written Assessment. This represents the first time Louisa Middle School has advanced a Quick Recall team to State competition and the largest number of students the school has placed in State Written Assessments.
Louisa entered State competition Sunday morning, March 15th, at 10 AM in pool play against The Bluegrass Academy. Bluegrass came on strong to take a 14 – 7 advantage at halftime but the Scrappy UnderDawgs lived up to the moniker when they answered 11 of the first 12 questions in the second half to take an 18 – 14 lead that they never relinquished. The match ended with Louisa winning 24 – 20.
Round 2 followed immediately after the first round victory with a match against Connor Middle School. Louisa never trailed in this contest, led 14 – 6 at the half and advanced to the round of 24 teams with a 24 – 12 final score.
These two victories meant that Louisa Middle School was crowned champion of their pool and earned a bye for round three.
Play resumed with round 4 where Louisa faced North Laurel Middle School, the winner earning a spot in the SMART 16, Governor’s Cup’s elite quick recall competition. North Laurel jumped out to an early lead taking a 5 – 0 advantage but, true to form, Louisa roared back to tie the match at 14 at the half. A tight, and thrilling second half ended with the Dawgs advancing to the field of 16 with the 28 – 21 win. SMART 16 Quick Recall play would resume Monday morning at 9:15 AM against seven time, State Champion / Runner-up, Meyzeek.
Competition resumed at 5:30 PM, Sunday, with Written Assessment for Kate Cecil, Shaylon Moore, Abby Fletcher and Lincoln Rose. The students joined over 600 other students representing the 24 regions of KAAC. Years of effort and study culminate in a 70-question test in one of the five tested areas: Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Language Arts or Arts & Humanities. Students are ranked on their score on the first 50 questions with the last 20 serving as tiebreakers. The students’ results would have to wait for the awards ceremony, Monday, March 16, at 3:30 PM.
The SMART 16 opened at 9:15 AM with Louisa facing Meyzeek. Meyzeek is a perennial powerhouse in Governor’s Cup competition and 2015 would be no different from previous years. Louisa held on to keep the match close at 11 – 12 but Meyzeek flexed their competitive muscles and pulled out to a 38 – 16 lead at which point substitutions removed Louisa’s Starters and Meyzeek proceeded to add an additional 10 points resulting in a 48 – 16 loss for the UnderDawgs.
Louisa’s run in Quick Result competition yielded a 9th place finish overall in the SMART 16 with Meyzeek continuing to a third place finish losing to eventual champion, Winburn.
All that remained was the awards ceremony and learning the placement of Louisa’s students in written assessments. All Louisa students finished in the top half of the pack or better but the big news in written assessment belonged to Kate Cecil.
The top 10 students in each written assessment are recognized with medals and trophies in a ceremony featuring Governor Steven Beshear. In Language Arts, John Bennett, executive director of KAAC, named nine students before calling Louisa’s Kate Cecil. Kate would place far better than tenth when it was announced that she was the Fourth place finisher for Language Arts. Arts & Humanities testers were honored next and, once again, Kate Cecil was called to the staging area last and just as before her results far exceeded her place in the queue. Miss Cecil finished as the runner-up in Arts and Humanities, the number 2 student in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Kate Cecil becomes the first Louisa Middle School student to place at State in two tests in a single competition and the first LMS student to advance to State Governor’s Cup for all three years at the school.
Overall the LMS Scrappy UnderDawgs finished as the number 8 team in Kentucky, their best finish ever. The number 9 finish in the SMART 16 was especially sweet as the entire team contributed to the school’s first foray into this field of battle.
Louisa Coaches, Bill & Deana Hammond, want to thank Tom Castle, Principal at LMS, Dr. Robbie Fletcher and the numerous parents who helped make this trip a success for these excellent students and we look forward to more success in the years to come.