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Two Bate students are state champs in Governor’s Cup

The John W. Bate Middle School academic team is the only middle school in Kentucky that earned two state championships in testing in this past weekend’s Governor’s Cup competition in Louisville.

Kira Pusateri placed first in the testing area of arts and humanities. And Ramona Pierce earned state champion in language arts testing, according to coach Tony Carney.

Pusateri also placed 20th out of 118 students in social studies testing while Pierce placed fifth in the state in arts and humanities.

Carney said once all the the testing and quick recall points were tallied, Bate finished in seventh out of 300 schools that participated in the competition.

Carney said that the quick recall team went to the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth year in a row. “We felt a little down about our quick recall finishing knowing we should have done better,” Carney said in an email. “But nothing to feel down about here. … We finished in the top 16 of the state which is certainly nothing to sneeze at.”

“I am extremely proud of my team and all of our accomplishments this year.” However, the quick recall team isn’t finished competing yet, he said. Members have qualified for and accepted two bids to two national tournaments, he added.

Other students who placed in the Governor’s Cup academic competition from Bate include:

• Language arts — Carsen Wastell, 38th; and Sophie Wilson, 81st out of 124

• Mathematics — Hank Helmers, 29 out of 124; and

• Science — Evan Sanders, 24 out of 152.