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2012 WKCTC Presidents Cup Academic Bowl Winners

A record number of regional high schools with more than 160 students competed in the 2012 Presidents Cup Academic Bowl held at West Kentucky Community and Technical College on Thursday, January 5. Lone Oak took home the top prize with Marshall and Calloway Counties and Paducah Tilghman winning second-fourth place trophies, respectively.

It was very competitive with lots of schools and smart people participating, said Lone Oak co-captain Ricky Grewelle. We are proud of our accomplishment. Other participating schools were Ballard Memorial, Dawson Springs, Fulton County, Graves County, Madisonville-North Hopkins, Murray, St. Mary and Todd County Central.

We are very happy to see so many schools participating in our Presidents Cup this year. There are just so many outstanding students and this gives them an opportunity to show their academic strength, said Gary Goodaker, professor of mathematics at WKCTC and vice-president of the West Kentucky Academic Association. We also like to see the students continue to compete in the written assessment for those who specialize in one subject. The goal is to have as many students participate as possible and were so glad to have them all on our campus.

WKCTC President Dr. Barbara Veazey said the college is proud to host the Presidents Cup again this year. Its a great opportunity for high school students from around the region to be in a college atmosphere and interact with our faculty and staff.

WKCTC faculty and staff moderated the competition, which consisted of written assessments in mathematics, science, social studies, language arts and arts/humanities; and each team played three quick recall matches.

The top five written assessment winners were chosen from each category. First place winners were:

  • Arts/Humanities Cody Bergman, Calloway County
  • Language Arts Lauren Benson, Calloway County
  • Mathematics Nikolas Anderson, Lone Oak
  • Science Ricky Grewelle, Lone Oak
  • Social Studies Robert Kaltenbach, Lone Oak

WKCTC hosting academic competitions shows support for the community and our schools, Grewelle said. The hard work of the faculty and staff to host this years Presidents Cup really shows and its awesome to have a Top 5 community college in our region.