At the WKAA halfway mark, McCracken remains undefeated

Colby Edwards of the Marshall County High School academic team buzzes in to answer a question in competition at Graves County High School on Oct. 22. Other team members are (from left) Abigail Stanger, Jackson Boone and Brooke Reed. The Marshals won their first competition of the year on Monday, beating District 4 rival Murray 9-8.


At the midway point of the West Kentucky Academic Association quick recall competition season, McCracken County High School leads all unbeaten teams with six wins at 6-0-1. Fulton City and Crittenden County high schools are both 4-0-0.

The Mustangs also lead the 18-team association with 23.57 points, the average number of correctly answered questions they have per match. Paducah Tilghman (5-1-1) is second with 18.57 points per match.

In West Kentucky Academic Association play, two academic teams of four players each compete against each other in a question-and-answer contest using a variety of subjects. Contests consist of 12-minute halves or a maximum of 40 questions per half. PTHS is the defending WKAA high school champion, having won the season-ending West Kentucky Academic Bowl last March.

This week, teams took time off from buzzing in to answer questions to take part in the first of two subject written assessment competitions in preparation for the Governor's Cup, a statewide academic competition for high school, middle school and elementary school students that begins in January. Assessment tests are given in math, science, social studies, language arts and arts and humanities. "We are including written assessment as part of our league competition this year for two reasons," said WKAA President Jeremy Krug of Murray High School. "We want to bring academic competition to even more students. There are scholars out there who are extremely bright, but who may not do well under a quick recall format. The written tests may appeal to these students. Secondly, we want to prepare students more effectively for the Governor's Cup competition later in the season."

WKAA teams will resume competition on Thursday. MCHS will host Carlisle County (0-7-0), while PTHS will visit Murray (1-3-0) to also take on Calloway County (4-4-0) and Graves County (6-2-0). St. Mary (0-2-0) will travel to Hickman County (1-1-1) and also compete with Fulton City and Marshall County (1-6-0). Five sites host competitions each week.

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