We are proud to celebrate the Raceland-Worthington High School Academic Team after winning the 2018 Governor’s Cup Quick Recall State Championship and finishing 3rd place Overall. It was an amazing run that put the small-school from Northeastern Kentucky on the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition map.
We want to take some time to recognize our students and coaches whose hard-work has elevated the educational profile here at Raceland Worthington Independent School District. Their achievements have raised the bar for future RWHS students, and we are grateful for their dedication to academics.
The leader of the 2018 RWHS Academic Team is Ethan Garvin. Ethan was Captain of the State Champion Quick Recall team. In fact, it’s not a stretch to consider Ethan the top Quick Recall participant in the entire state.
Ethan Garvin has a 4.42 GPA and is on track to be his class valedictorian. He has a 35 on his ACT. Ethan placed 2nd in the state in the areas of Language Arts and Arts & Humanities at Governor’s Cup. His perfect 50/50 score in the 2018 Regional Language Arts Test was an amazing accomplishment. He was a Governor’s Scholar this past summer on the Murray State University campus, and also selected as a Kentucky Commonwealth Ambassador.
The 2018 Governor’s Cup wasn’t the first taste of success for the team. A tremendous run last year in the Quick Recall competition helped propel their success this season. The 2017 Governor’s Cup was highlighted with a Top 4 finish in the Quick Recall portion of the competition. Ethan Garvin attributed some of the success this season to that Final 4 run in 2017.
“Getting to the state semifinals last year showed me that all our hard work can pay off. Before last year, we consistently lost the match that would have sent us to state, so it was hard to stay motivated. However, after performing exceptionally well at the state competition, I learned that it is rewarding to put in countless hours into studying,” Garvin said. Their hard work definitely paid off."
RWHS Junior Hunter West also played a huge role in the success this season. Hunter holds a 4.4 GPA and has the first perfect ACT score in RWHS history. Hunter is Class of 2019 Class President, TSA President and East KY TSA Vice President. Hunter placed 3rd in Regional Math testing, and 5th in the Region in Science testing. In the 2018 Governor’s Cup, Hunter placed 5th in Science as well.
Hunter West has a bright future beyond RWHS. He current plans are to get a BS in mechanical or electrical engineering, and work for an engineering firm. He would eventually like to get a master’s degree and eventually a PhD and potentially teach engineering related classes in college.
Hunter also gained confidence from the 2017 Governor’s Cup Semi-final appearance. “Our only goal was to get to the state tournament, and we really did not expect to get very far after qualification. We later discovered that we had the skill to compete at the highest level, and this realization definitely motivated me to study hard in my subject areas.”
Lauren Gearheart and Brady Justice, both juniors at RWHS, made up the rest of the Quick Recall positions. Both are tremendous students at RWHS with an ACT score of 30. Three of the four Governor’s Cup Quick Recall State Champions will return next year. Lauren Gearheart told us about their preparation for the Governor’s Cup.
“Training for quick recall is pretty intense. The average school day runs about seven hours. My school days is upwards of nine hours long. We practice until 5:00 every day after school. When we have a free period, we try to get together and read questions or work on content. We also study independently after school and when we have free time,” said Gearheart.
Brady Justice added “Being on the Academic Team is a commitment and takes work, which I have taken to heart this year, knowing that our captain (Ethan Garvin) will be gone next year and that I (and others) will have to step up to hill his shoes. It will take work, time, and dedication toward the goal of repeating our success from this season.”
Other participants of the Raceland Worthington High School Academic Team are Parker Ball (Sr.), Alexandria Roy (Sr.), David Thompson (Jr.), Libby Roy (Soph.), Maddy Wilburn (Soph.), and Katelynn Fyffe (Soph.).
One of our favorite questions we like to ask these tremendous students is-- how has Raceland helped shape you?
Ethan Garvin: “Mrs. Clere, our coach and math teacher, has made me the student and academic team competitor that I am today. Under her, I have changed from a mediocre middle school player to an above average high school player. She has sacrificed countless days of her time to take us to tournaments and meets. Mrs. Ellerbrock, is also very dedicated. These two teachers have influenced my high school career because they both push me to be the best that I can be.”
Lauren Gearheart: “Raceland is honestly my slice of heaven. I’ve always loved school and gotten along with my teachers. The general feel of Raceland is so encouraging. Our principal, Mr. Dixon, always encourages every student to do their best and be their best. He tells us every day how proud he is of us and is always full of hugs, shoulder pats and kind words.”
Brady Justice: “The staff here at Raceland has helped me grow into a better person and member of society in general, through their dedication and willingness to put up with my questions and help direct me.”
Libby Roy: “Raceland has shaped me as a learner because we all get individual help from teachers. I’m not afraid to ask questions when I’m confused and they do more than just a subject. They are also counselors who give advice and tips they have picked up from their life experiences. They also show character and morals. They have always set a good example and I have looked up to many of the staff members here.”
The RWHS Academic Team has blazed a trail that many others will soon follow. We are so proud of the participants and staff. Their hard work has not gone unnoticed, and we applaud their efforts. Join the Raceland Worthington Independent School District in congratulating the State Champion Quick Recall team and 3rd Place Overall Academic Team on their tremendous success!