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The Marion County High School Academic Team is on a winning streak that began four years ago, and may carry them to state competition in the Kentucky Association of Academic Competition's Governor's Cup.
The team has advanced to regional competition as winners of the 20th District for the fourth straight year. For the first time ever, each student advanced in every area in which they competed. Coaching the team since 2006 is David Cox who teaches science and Susan Crum-Cox, who teaches art.
Over the years, competition within the district has included matches with academic teams from Washington County, Taylor County and Campbellsville High Schools. In addition the team has improved its competitive skills with league play among schools beyond the 20th District such as Green County, Adair County, Nelson County, Bardstown, Bullitt East, and Bethlehem High Schools.
In addition regular practices provide lots of opportunity for students to test their knowledge against fellow team members.
Each January Governor's Cup Competition gets underway. Subjects within the competition include written assessments in language arts, arts and humanities, social studies, science, mathematics and English composition. Additionally, students compete in quick recall matches fielding questions from all academic areas.
Individual students typically compete in both written and Quick Recall competition, often specializing in specific subjects.
In the past three years Marion County High School students have advanced to the KAAC State Finals in Louisville: Matt Livers (social studies - 2006), Heather O'Daniel (2007 - composition), Cody Spalding (2008 - social studies), and Patrick Cox (2008 - arts and humanities).
Marion County High School will be hosting the regional KAAC events this year. Please check The Lebanon Enterprise for individual and team results.