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CCMS Academic Team Places 2nd in State Championship


From March 18th through March 21st, the Calloway County Middle School Academic Team competed in Louisville, Kentucky in the KAAC academic team state tournament against students from all around the state. After three days of competition, the Lakers brought home several recognitions and trophies, including being named the runner-up academic team for the entire state of Kentucky.

The first team recognition was the Laker Future Problem Solving team being named the state runner up. The FPS team composed of Aubrey Naber, Vayla Carlisle, Dakotah Pittman, and Madison Morris took the title over 40 other teams that qualified for the state tournament. This finish now sends the Lakers to the International Future Problem Solving championship tournament, which will be held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. The Lakers will represent Team Kentucky as they compete against students from around America and from countries all around the world for the international title.

The next team recognition was for the CCMS quick recall team. They began pool play on Sunday against 48 quick recall teams that qualified for the state tournament. After several competitive matches and elimination games, the Lakers qualified for the “Smart Sixteen” on Monday. The Lakers were narrowly defeated in the “Smart Sixteen” by Boyd County. The Laker QR team finished as 9th place in the state and compiled a season record of 29 wins to only 1 loss. The quick recall team consists of Tommy Gomez, Amber Wu, Connor Pile, Aubrey Naber, Sam Houston, Vayla Carlisle, and Maya Munoz.

The individual recognitions were awarded to students who placed in the top 10 of the state for their individual tested area. The first recognition went to Amber Wu who was named the state champion in mathematics. The Lakers had two students place in Fine Arts, where Connor Pile was named the state runner-up and Maya Munoz came in fifth place. In addition, the Lakers had Aubrey Naber place sixth in Language Arts, and Tommy Gomez came in eighth place in Social Studies. Connor Pile received two other top ten finishes, as he placed fifth in the state in the area of General Knowledge and ninth in Science. Other team members contributing to the tournament success were Nora Burns, Grant Todd, Aiden Hooper, Sadie Lilly, and Ansley Kennedy.

At the beginning of this season, there were 295 middle school teams that started working toward the overall team state championship. At the conclusion of the 2022 state tournament, the Calloway County Middle School Lakers were awarded the state runners-up Governor’s Cup Trophy by Governor Beshear, in front of thousands of people at the Galt House.


Pictured are the CCMS Future Problem Solving Team (L to R), Madison Morris, Dakotah Pittman, Vayla Carlisle, Audrey Naber 



CCMS Academic Team Individual State Winners (L to R) - Maya Munoz, Audrey Naber, Amber Wu, Connor Pile, Tommy Gomez

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