A second-grader who's already bagged a college scholarship? Now there's a parent's dream. A number of Fayette County public elementary school students made that happen Saturday at the annual Superintendent's Cup competition.
The competition, at Bryan Station High School, is the culminating event in the Academic Challenge program for students in second through fifth grades.
Three teams of four to six students square off in each round of the tournament, with students conferring to answer questions in such subjects as math, science, social studies and language arts.
A team from Rosa Parks Elementary took first place among fourth- and fifth-graders. Those students — Niam Abeysiriwardena, Humza Anwar, Michelle Choi, Megan Horn and Neal Rekhraj — won scholarships to Morehead State University.
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Tates Creek Elementary won among second- and third-graders. That team — Elizabeth Currier, Breonna Hardwick, Shalavion Howard, Joey Ilagan, Caeden Lowe and Shane Stover — won scholarships to Kentucky State University.
The Academic Challenge program also includes individual competitions for fourth and fifth grades.
Fourth-graders who competed in writing and won scholarships to Bluegrass Community and Technical College were: Ryan Kilian, Rosa Parks; Elana Mendez, Wellington; and Betsy Mullins, Maxwell.
Fourth-graders who competed in writing and won scholarships to Eastern Kentucky University were: Keeneland Dublow, Julius Marks Elementary; Connor Genton, Harrison; Melissa Richard, Cassidy; Susannah Rickert, Lansdowne; Chase Smith, Liberty; and Rocco Wrentmore, Rosa Parks.
These fifth-graders in the writing competition won scholarships to Georgetown College: Saif Ahmed, Meadowthorpe Elementary; Kristen Elrod, Mary Todd; Jessica Ewing, Julius Marks; Caleb Hamlyn, Sandersville; Aaron Miller, Dixie; and Devin Santos, Squires.
The following fifth-graders won scholarships to the University of Kentucky in the math and science competition: Becca Armstrong, Picadome; Sydney Baker, Sandersville; Ce Ce Balog, Clays Mill; John-Taylor Grayson, Julius Marks; Austin Li, Meadowthorpe; and Kaliah Miller, Harrison.
In a random drawing, Dalal Eqal of Tates Creek won a scholarship to Murray State.
About 1,800 students participated in the event.