Two students from Morgan County Middle have reached a level of educational attainment that most can only dream about: selection for participation in the Kentucky Governor's Cup Competition. This prestigious academic competition provides a venue for some of the Commonwealth's best and brightest students to demonstrate their intellectual capabilities. It is the “Sweet Sixteen” of academics. Thousands of Kentucky middle grades students began this competition at the district level in January. One hundred sixty-four of those, or approximately 1.7 percent, would earn a place at the state level. This year's State Governor’s Cup competition was held March 11-13 at the Galt House in Louisville.
Brady Lewis, son of Brad and Renee Lawson, and Trent Daniel, son of Matthew and Amilyn Daniel, both academic team members at Morgan County Middle School, competed in the multi-day event. They began their journeys by each placing in their respective subjects at the District level, which moved them on to regional competition. Lawson, an 8th grader at MCMS, placed 1st in Written Composition at the regional level, netting himself a spot in the state level Governor’s Cup. Daniel, a 7th grader, placed third in the region in Science, securing his position at the state level competition as a representative of Region 19. Coaches Theresa Williams and David Frazier were thrilled with these results.
According to coaches, there were fourteen middle schools participating in Region 19 this year, so for Lawson and Daniel to do so well at the regional level is indicative of their exceptional knowledge, as well as their hard work in beating out the brightest students in our region. “The competition is fierce and for these two students to represent us so well makes us exceptionally proud,” said Frazier. “These two students are nothing short of astounding."
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, Lawson walked away with a ninth place medal in his event where he competed against over 120 other students. Although Daniel didn’t place in his event at state level this year, we are expecting even greater things from him next year. Morgan County Middle staff and students are EXTREMELY proud of the representation that we had at the Kentucky Governor’s Cup event this year.