Teams of students from Veterans Park and Tates Creek elementary schools took home top honors — and college scholarships — at the finals of the Fayette County Public Schools Academic Challenge.
The Superintendent's Cup for the primary division, for second- and third-graders, went to a Veterans Park team made up of Andrew Claxton, Anika Diggikar, Hope Jordan, Alex Kolyaskin, Daniel Prinssen and Meher Saini. Those students were awarded scholarships to Kentucky State University.
A team from Glendover took second place, and a team from James Lane Allen placed third.
The intermediate division, for fourth- and fifth-graders, was won by a team from Tates Creek made up of Drew Bolt, Micheal Proctor, Gabriella Staykova, Audrey Wirasakti, Braxton Witt and Sally Yousef. They won scholarships to Morehead State University.
A Rosa Parks team took second place and a team from James Lane Allen placed third.
The competition, which was held at central office Tuesday night, is run by One Community, One Voice and the Fayette County Public Schools. The Superintendent's Cup contest pits teams of students against each other to answer questions in subject areas such as math, science, language arts, social studies, history, arts and humanities and practical living and vocational skills.
Individual awards with scholarships attached were given to students in math and science and essay writing competitions.
Fifth-grade math and science winners, who were awarded scholarships to the University of Kentucky, included Anayely Choncoa of Arlington Elementary, Yazmin Montelongo Diaz of Harrison, Joon Woo Park of Julius Marks, Sofia Ricketts of Veterans Park, Gabriella Staykova of Tates Creek and Alex Troth of Athens-Chilesburg.
Fifth-grade essay writing winners, who received scholarships to Eastern Kentucky University, were Jaylin Basinger of Cardinal Valley, Lauren Hurt of Squires, Timira Johnson of Harrison, Claire Kimani of Julius Marks, Preet Patel of Garden Springs and Alya Zulkarnaen of Wellington.
Fourth-grade essay writing winners, who got scholarships to Georgetown College, included Autumn Clay of Mary Todd, McKenzie Genton of Harrison, Faith Osburn of Lansdowne, Shiv Patel of Veterans Park, Raida Utomo of Wellington and Molly Wilcoxson of Tates Creek.
Fourth-grade essay writing winners, who took home scholarships to Bluegrass Community & Technical College, were Olivia Miller of Julius Marks, Lindsey Smith of James Lane Allen and Jackson Williamson of Garden Springs.