On Saturday, January 19th, the Spring Meadows campus was abuzz as schools from around the Louisville area descended on our campus to test their academic wit in the Governor’s Cup District Competition. With registration beginning at 7:30 AM and an awards ceremony in the late afternoon, HLS students, parents, and volunteers were in for a long, yet exciting day.
The Governor’s Cup Competition consists of individual assessments in science, math, language arts, social studies, and art and humanities. Students also compete in writing competitions, future problem solving, and the traditional favorite, Quick Recall. The HLS Academic Team won the District Championship with the highest point total.
The competition started early in the morning with the individual student assessments. Highlands Latin School came ready to compete! HLS students swept Language Arts with Jack Spurlock in first place, Elizabeth Arterberry in second, and RyAnn Schoenbaechler in third. Ben Ragsdell took home medals in math and science with impressive 2nd and 3rd place finishes, respectively. Matthew Rouse placed second in composition, with Elizabeth Arterberry taking fourth. In Social Studies, Tanner Petrie took second place and Ryann Schoenbaechler took third place. Last but not least, Tanner Petrie and Madison Sneve tied for first place in Arts and Humanities, with William Strange earning fifth place honors.
After the morning assessments, HLS students were well on their way to a very successful tournament. Just before lunch, the Quick Recall Team squared off against last year’s champion, Holy Spirit. The Highlanders took the match convincingly and moved on to the next round, where they faced Our Lady of Lourdes. In a closely contested final match the HLS students held their composure and went on to win the match, and ultimately the Quick Recall tournament.
Around 4:30 PM, after all the competitions had ended and the points had been tallied…Highlands Latin School earned the most tournament points and was declared DISTRICT CHAMPION.
HLS parents Amanda Petrie and Victoria Ragsdell coached team members Aiden Arnold, Jobe Arnold, Elizabeth Arterberry, Worden Barr, Mitchell Halsema, Tanner Petrie, Ben Ragsdell, Matthew Rouse, RyAnn Schoenbaechler, Madison Sneve, Jack Spurlock, Mary Grace Stachnik, William Strange, Miles Thompson, and William Yates, who all worked hard for this victory.
Eighth grade parent Cindy Barr graciously volunteered to take up the responsibilities of Contest Manager. Sydney Veith and Austin Schmitt operated the buzzer system for the entire day, while Hunter Abrams and Joshua Steinbach helped take photos and run the concessions.