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Twice a week, every week, month after month, Owen County High School students gathered to perfect their craft.
But instead of art or music, they strove toward perfection in disciplines such as science, math and literature. The hard work paid off when members of the OCHS Academic Team won the regional competition and earned a place in state competition.
OCHS captured the team competition at district level. However, the rules allow only the top five finishers in each discipline to continue in the competition. At regional, Wolfe Greene, Amanda Keith and Mary Kennedy placed above the fifth-place cutoff and will compete at the state meet in late March in Louisville. Greene will compete in science; and Keith and Kennedy will compete in composition.
The Future Problem Solving team made their debut this year. Although the students had competed as individuals prior to this competition, this was their first appearance as a team. They performed well, missing state by just one place.
Owen County students from both the high school and middle school have placed at the state level before, but it’s been many years ago.
The teams are coached by Mark McMillen, Lauren Doyle and Kathy Williams.
“The members are just great kids,” said Williams. “I really enjoy spending time with them.”