The ACHS academic team completed the fall season in the Green River Regional Academic League by continuing their string of championships with an undefeated record.
The ACHS academic team won in all 10 regular season matches and in all of the end-of-season championship tournament matches.
The league has featured Taylor, Russell, LaRue, Campbellsville, and Green, and since the GRRAL began in 2007 as the replacement for the former Heart of Kentucky Academic League, Adair County has never lost a regular season match. In addition, the junior varsity continued the school’s tradition as being the top-finishing JV team in the league.
To top off the accomplishment, the team featured the youngest roster of players throughout the league and one of the youngest rosters the school has ever had as a whole. Only one senior and one junior compete full-time on the team. Three more seniors were added to compete as individuals, but the rest are sophomores and freshmen.
“At the beginning of every year, we begin by talking about goals and discussing what legacy former players have left behind,” said Coach Brett Reliford. “These kids have worked really hard to earn this league victory, and considering the uphill climb of having only one full-time senior and one junior along the way, it really says a lot about the team to see the younger ones attempting to serve roles that are usually delegated for upperclassmen and for our upperclassmen to take on more than their fair share of responsibility.”
Each year, individuals within the league also compete in written assessments in the areas of language arts, social studies, math, science, arts and humanities and composition. Adair had several placements in the top five of these events again this year.
Senior Heather Jackson finished in first place in language arts and finished just one question shy of the top spot in arts and humanities to earn second place. Junior Matt Rogers finished third overall in both arts and humanities and social studies. Senior Noah Richard finished in a tie with Rogers for third in social studies.
Timothy Watson carried a big responsibility as a sophomore and ended with a third place finish in science and was also just a question short of the top five in social studies. The team continued its annual string of impressive finishes in composition as senior Emmalee Baker finished in second place while sophomore Jessi Taylor finished in third. Freshman Rebecca Montgomery accomplished the rare feat of earning a Top five in her first year by getting fourth place in language arts. Senior Cody Herbst competed for his first time in written assessments and earned third place in mathematics.
This year’s Quick Recall varsity starters are Heather Jackson, Matt Rogers, Timothy Watson, and Brittany Curry. Team members comprising the Junior Varsity Quick Recall team are Alan Godsey, Jessi Taylor, Eli Jackson, Rebecca Montgomery, Trayton Grant, Austin Bradshaw, and Zane Sanders. The team will begin its post-season run toward state finals in January as they host the district championships in the first leg of the Governor’s Cup event.