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Paducah Tilghman Wins WKAA Middle School Academic Bowl at WKCTC

One hundred and eighty students from 15 area middle schools participated in the fourth annual West Kentucky Academic Association (WKAA) competition at West Kentucky Community and Technical College November 21.

Paducah Tilghman took first place honors. Ballard County and Mayfield won second and third place, respectively.

Other participating schools were Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden and Livingston counties, Fulton City, Heath, Lone Oak, Murray, North Marshall, South Marshall, Reidland, and St. Mary.

Each team played three quick recall matches. The teams were seeded after pool play and played a single-elimination championship bracket.

Its a wonderful opportunity for our students to get together and see other schools and prepare for the Governors Cup, said Jeanna Staples, Ballard Middle School seventh grade mathematics teacher and team coach.

The annual competition motivates the top students from area schools and encourages them to realize their full potential, said Gary Goodaker, WKAA vice president and professor of mathematics at WKCTC. This tournament grows each year, and we are proud to continue to have these bright, engaged students on campus to showcase their achievements and hard work.

For more information contact Gary Goodaker at or (270) 534-3113.