HAZARD — The district Governor’s Cup competition was held Feb. 27 at Hazard Middle School. Each participating school was well represented. Several students will be moving on to regional competition this month.
Hazard Middle School won first place in quick recall, with R.W. Combs claiming second place and Leatherwood rounding out the top three. Leatherwood Elementary also took home the Hume Sportsmanship Award.
In mathematics, Max Johnson of Hazard Middle School finished first in the district, followed by Ethan Spencer of R.W. Combs, Parker Williams of Hazard Middle School, Emily Hurley of R.W. Combs and Daniel Hoskins of Viper Elementary. These competitors make up the district’s top five and will move on to regionals.
The top five competitors in the science category are Ashton Hall from Viper in first place, Connor Engle of R.W. Combs in second place, Cayden Pollard of Hazard Middle School in third, Baylen Haynes from A.B. Combs in fourth and Joshua Bush of A.B. Combs finishes out the top five, who will be advancing to regional competition.
Austin Stacy of Hazard Middle School claimed top honors in social studies, followed by Chase Calhoun of R.W. Combs in second place. Chase’s teammate, Connor Ashley of R.W. Combs, followed closely behind with a third place finish. Sawyer Patrick from Hazard Middle School picked up fourth and Mason Sayers of Hazard Middle School finishes out the top five competitors in social studies.
The top prize in language arts went to Christina Elsoueidi of Hazard Middle School. Alyssa Hall of R.W. Combs did not trail by much. This competition came down to the tie breaker. Alyssa Hall took home second place. Kaleb Trent of Leatherwood claimed third. Only one point separated third place from first place in this category, not including tie breakers. Cameron Holbrook of R.W. Combs received fourth place. Mollie Neace of A.B. Combs finishes out the top five competitors who will see regional action in March.
After claiming third place in social studies, Connor Ashley of R.W. Combs went on to pick up top honors in arts and humanities. Braxton Houston of Viper came in a close second. Peyton Sayers of Hazard Middle School ranked third, with teammate Kile Logan of Hazard Middle School following closely behind in fourth. Hannah Estep of R.W. Combs completes the top five.
Christina Elsoueidi of Hazard Middle School was the only competitor of the day to win top honors twice with the written assessments. Elsoueidi took home first place in composition. Chase Calhoun of R.W. Combs came in second. It was a close race in the composition category as Paige Asher of A.B. Combs and Madeline Hollon of Hazard Middle School finished in a tie for third place. Then Mollie Neace of A.B. Combs and Sawyer Patrick of Hazard Middle School finished in a tie to complete the top five.
The overall standings placed Hazard Middle School as winners of the district, with R.W. Combs coming in second, Viper claiming third, A.B. Combs finishing fourth and Leatherwood fifth.
Perry County Schools Superintendent Jonathan Jett had a message for competitors from the county schools.
“I am really proud of our students and coaches of our academic teams,” said Jett, “They all do a tremendous job and work extremely hard for their schools. I wish them all the best of luck in upcoming events.”
Hazard Independent Schools also posted a picture on their website along with a message that says, “Congratulations to the 5th and 6th grade academic team on winning the District Championship.”
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.