By: Morgan Sexton
The Wayne County Middle School Academic Team was hard at work during the 2017-2018 school year. After a year of success, four middle school students competed in the Academic Team Governor’s Cup finals in Louisville. The 16 members of the team celebrated a District Championship and sent 11 students to Regional competition to represent each content area. From Region, eighth-graders John David Rains, Kadyn McFarland, Ethan Gregory, and Xander Sumner advanced to State, making it a record number of students heading to Louisville.
John David Rains was named WCMS Academic Team’s Most Valuable Player at their end of year banquet.
“He’s one of our heavy hitters,” said John’s teammate, Xander Sumner. John dreams of pursuing a degree in computer science once he graduates.
Kadyn McFarland received an award for having the highest average score in Social Studies. Kadyn also enjoys participating in Quick Recall and Future Problem Solving events.
“I like the pressure because it’s a toss-up for what kind of questions we’ll get. I like the pressure,” he said. Since he enjoys unpredictability, Kadyn plans to become an emergency medical physician.
Ethan Gregory placed 10th out of 121 competitors in the state math competition. He has been on the team for two years and appreciates the opportunity to learn and grow with like-minded peers.
“It’s a way I can expand my knowledge and spend time with people who get who I am,” Ethan said. Ethan intends to have a career in the medical field.
Xander Sumner received an award for having the highest average Math score on the team. This was his first year participating in Academic team. Xander wants to teach math as a college professor.
The four boys who represented Wayne County Middle School were voted winners of the Kentucky Association of Academic Competition Katherine Hume sportsmanship award by other teams in the district. According to Coach Johnette Warner, the team worked to connect with others in the state and knew other players by name.
Warner is proud of her entire team, but she will miss her eighth graders as they move on to the high school level.
She said of herself and Assistant Coach Lindsey Aguilar, “We know that their future is full of opportunities, but we will certainly miss coaching them. They were amazing.”
(Left to Right) Ethan Gregory, Kadyn McFarland, Xander Sumner, and John David Rains cheered each other on at the state competition
The competitors celebrated their success with a team meal
Photos courtesy of Johnette Warner