Our JV Math and JV Academic Teams both finished as state runner-ups after competing against the largest schools in the state earlier this month. For the Academic Team, this was their third consecutive top-2 finish. Congratulations to team members Jane Lee, Andy Jiang, Derek Fan, Joel Lee, Rose Gambrell, Lynn Sim, Ivy Comery, Darlene Nguyen, Hanna Harmon, Rohan Makim, Thomas Witherspoon, Gia-An Maynard, Vincent Huynh, and Sophia Nguyen.
From Academic Team Sponsor and Director of Academic Competitions Matt Fincher: “The Junior Varsity Academic Team has worked extremely hard this year and been rewarded through their outstanding performance at the GATA State Championship Tournament. All 6 members of last year’s runner-up squad had to be replaced, as most moved on to the Varsity team as juniors. The time and effort these students put into attending practice and studying outside of practice for speed drills and quizzes on their major and minor fields of study helped them come together when it counted the most.
I am especially proud of their never-quit attitude. After an unexpected loss in the middle of the tournament, the team rallied in the playoff rounds to defeat Thomas County Central, the team that had beaten them earlier in the day, as well as Marist for the state runner-up trophy. Next year many of these students have the talent and ability to compete on both the JV and Varsity teams, and if they choose to do so I know they will help both teams to much success in the 2019-20 season. I feel blessed to work with so many bright, fun, conscientious young people every week.”