Caldwell Co. Elementary wins Governor's Cup District 8 title


Caldwell County Elementary School academic team earlier this month claimed the overall Governor's Cup district championship over North Livingston Elementary and South Livingston Elementary. Team members are (from left) Lily Flatt, Ben Purdy, Macey Merrick, Jameson Gupton, Cale Sears, Elijah Thomas, Kale Turmero, Derek Wilson, Bradley Trimble, J.D. Adams, Lukas Harper, Colin Turmero, Landon Cunningham, Treyson Herron, Olivia Peek, Maliche Harmon and Payten Simmons.

The Caldwell County Elementary School academic team won first place at the Governor's Cup District 8 competition on Feb. 4 and 8 at the school.

CCES easily won the district title with 55.5 points, while South Livingston Elementary was second with 34.5 points and North Livingston Elementary was third with 16 points.

In Governor's Cup, there are six individual competitions: written assessment examinations in math, science, social studies, language arts and arts and humanities as well as a composition assessment, which is writing on-demand. There are also two team competitions: quick recall, which is a question-and-answer competition, and future problem-solving, which is a creative thinking competition.

Caldwell County took first place in five of the seven events; no school provided a future problem-solving team. Teams earn eight points for a first-place finish, five for a second-place finish and three for a third-place finish. Individual students earn five points for a first-place finish, four for a second-place finish, three for a third-place finish, two for a fourth-place finish and one point for a fifth-place finish.

"This is my first year to be the coach here," CCES academic team coach Natalie Pepper said. "I was really excited with how well our students did."

The top two teams and top five individual students in each assessment advance from district to regional. The elementary school Region 2 competition will be Feb. 24 and 29 at Trigg County Intermediate School.

CCES teams and students advancing to the Region 2 competition in Cadiz - with their placement and test scores - are:

• Quick recall: Caldwell County, first place.

• Math: Johnathon Adams, first place, 28 points; Landon Cunningham, third, 22; Elijah Thomas, fourth, 20.

• Science: Johnathon Adams, first, 23; Ben Purdy, third, 21.

• Language arts: Kale Turmero, first, 19; Payten Simmons, third, 18; Landon Cunningham, fourth, 16.

• Social studies: Cale Sears, second, 18; Derek Wilson, third, 17.

• Arts and humanities: Olivia Peek, third, 16; Macey Merrick, fifth (tie), 0.5.

• Composition: Lilly Meeks, first (no score given); Payten Simmons, second.

Governor's Cup is the state's premier academic event, involving more than 20,000 students, nearly 1,200 schools and thousands of coaches, administrators, parents and community leaders who see the rewards gained from encouraging academic performance through properly structured and professionally administered academic competition.

Governor's Cup competitions are held at the elementary, middle and high school level. Middle and high school teams compete at the district, regional and state level, while elementary schools compete at the district and regional level.