The Monticello Elementary Academic Team were named the KAAC 2020 Elementary District 55 Governor’s Cup competition runners-up on February 11th. Those students who advanced will compete at Region in Clinton County on February 24 and February 29.
Fortunately, Monticello Elementary was able to host the district event on schedule, even though it was a slightly snowy Saturday, recently. Other schools east of I-75, were not able to have their competition due to more severe weather. Visiting schools were Jamestown Elementary, Russell Springs Elementary and Salem Elementary. Monticello Elementary accumulated 28.5 points placing them second.
Academic Coach Mitchell Gregory was grateful to the Monticello staff who were so supportive of the event by bringing in food for the hospitality room, greeting visitors, working the concession stand, and grading the assessments in GradeCam and sending them directly to KAAC in a timely manner. “We even had people within our school district who came to help like DPP Stewart York, and WCHS Academic Coaches Dean Sumpter and Jared Criswell. Dr. Stephanie Southard served as contest manager. All of these volunteers helped the competition run smoothly.”
Perhaps the biggest benefit for academic team students is attending practices once a week where they study and expand their knowledge in their competition categories, which include: English Composition, Future Problem Solving (FPS), Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Arts and Humanities. Random categories are included in the Quick Recall practices where students rapidly buzz in to answer questions. The students have been meeting since September and are eager to enhance their classroom studies going above and beyond expectations.
The Quick Recall Team consisted of fifth graders Amelia Adkins, Carrie Criswell, Abbygale Humphrey, and Jacob Wilson. They were joined by fourth graders Harlow Clark, Harper Clark, Silas Henderson, Hunter Morgan, and Joslyn Roberts.
“We were really rolling in the first match. Our students answered 19 questions correctly and tied for the most points any team answered in any match for the day,” noted Coach Gregory.
Unfortunately, later in the competition Salem Elementary came on strong, aggressively answering questions pushing Monticello Elementary into third place in Quick Recall.
The Future Problem Solving Team members were: Carrie Criswell, Jacob Wilson, Harper Clark, Hunter Morgan, and alternatives Olivia Hall and Dalton Hancock. They used critical thinking skills and teamwork in a five-step process to try and solve a futuristic problem in a timed event. Their topic was sleep deprivation, which they had been researching throughout the school year. Coach Gregory explained that they researched the topic at practices, looked at the challenges as they tried to perceive into the future. They were encouraged to think outside the box. Unfortunately, they did not advance to regional competition, but are sharpening their skills for the future.
The FPS process is perhaps the most valuable learning experience for students and possibly the most difficult. First they generate challenges thinking broadly, examining 18 different categories. Next, they narrow down one underlying problem. They are tasked with coming up with solutions, then they generate criteria to five questions regarding which solutions in step three are the easiest to implement. After they rate their solutions, they create an action plan.
Veteran Elementary Academic Team Coach Tammye Sumpter assisted Monticello’s composition writers which included: Amelia Adkins, Kiley Carter, and Harlow Clark. Amelia Adkins placed first and Kiley Carter was second so they both advanced to region in Written Compostion.
“Amelia Adkins earned more points for our team than anyone,” noted Gregory. “Amelia also placed second in Language Arts Written Assessment.”
Written Assessment test takers and their subject areas were: Math – Kiley Carter, Chelsea Stevens, and Dalton Hancock; Science – Carrie Criswell, Olivia Hall, and Jacob Wilson (alternate Kiley Carter); Language Arts – Amelia Adkins, William Graves, and Silas Henderson; Social Studies – Abbygale Humphrey, Grayson Bell, and Abigail Curtis; and Arts and Humanities – Jacklynn Dishman, Olivia Hall, and Abigayle Ayers.
“One of the biggest surprises was when Kiley Carter, an alternate for Science, took the test and was named runner up out of 12 students,” said Coach Gregory.
In the Science category, Kiley Carter placed second and Jacob Wilson was third. In Social Studies, Abbygale Humphrey placed second and Abigail Curtis was fourth. Abigail Curtis was the only fourth grader on the local team to advance to region, which said a lot for her since she is one of the younger students on board.
The next step is for the top finishers in first through fifth place at district competition to advance to Region 14 competition, which will be held at Clinton County. Monticello Elementary will compete in Composition which will be held Monday, February 24. Local medal winners will compete in Written Assessment on Saturday, February 29. The district schools will be joined by Adair County Elementary, Campbellsville Elementary, Green County Intermediate, Taylor County Elementary, Clinton County, Cumberland County Elementary, and Metcalfe County Elementary.
Carrie Criswell and Joslyn Roberts student for the Science Written Assessment
Abby Ayers and Olivia Hall enjoyed studying Arts and Humanities
Fourth graders Silas Henderson and Dalton Hancock brushed up on Math skills
(l-r:) Abbygale Humphrey, Hunter Morgan, Abigail Curtis, and Harper Clark studied Social Studies materials.
Monticello Elementary Academic Team member Chelsea Stavens and Amelia Adkins worked with Coach Tammye Sumpter.
Composition writers Harlow Grant and Kiley Carter working after school.
Academic Team Coach Mitchel Gregory worked with Dalton Hancock on Future Problem Solving skills
Monticello Elementary Academic Team members practiced FPS
The Monticello Elementary Academic Team 2020