Western Hills' academic team placed second in regional Governor's Cup competition Feb. 18 in Lexington. Members of the team, pictured from left, are Varshith Kotagiri, Mahmood Ateyeh, Nathan Mehaffy, Kadin Jobe, Cameron Anderson, Adrian Bennett, Jacob Anderson, Nathan Carpenter, Mahir Gokaraju, Nick True, Manas Garla, Holland Riddell, Varshitha Ramesh, Sruthi Paluri, Ridhi Penmecha and Loukya Akula. (Photo submitted)
Western Hills’ academic team placed second in the regional Governor’s Cup competition Saturday.
Schools from Districts 41-44 gathered to compete in content assessment, written composition, content assessment and quick recall play.
These schools include Western Hills, Franklin County, Frankfort High, The Frankfort Christian Academy, Dunbar, Woodford County, Lexington Catholic, Henry Clay, Lafayette, Bryan Station, Frederick Douglass, Mercer County, Anderson County, Washington County, Tates Creek and Lexington Christian Academy.
After all events were scored, Western Hills placed second behind Dunbar. Hills had strong showings in all events, and as a result, several students will be going to the State Tournament next month.
In quick recall, the top two teams from the region advance to the KAAC (Kentucky Association for Academic Competition) state tournament. Hills had a bye first round and then went on to beat Woodford County in Round 2 by a score of 33-19. WHHS had another bye in Round 3 but went on to lose to Dunbar in Round 4.
In Round 5, Hills faced off against Henry Clay, winning by a final score of 45-29, thus advancing to the state tournament, even though the Wolverines were again defeated by Dunbar in the final match of quick recall, this time by a score of 39-32.
Hills’ second place for the day in quick recall is only the second time in school history that has happened. The starters for the team were captain Mahmood Ateyeh, Nathan Mehaffy, Cameron Anderson and Holland Riddell. Nick True and Varshith Kotagiri served as alternates and also played.
Frankfort’s quick recall team placed fifth.
In content assessment, the following students from WHHS are also headed to state next month.
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