While many of us were running in the Snowman Stampede, enjoying Bardstown Road Aglow, or doing some holiday shopping, several of Louisville Collegiate’s academic teams were out challenging themselves in regional and statewide competitions. Without exception, the teams performed beautifully and enjoyed a great deal of success as well as a lot of great camaraderie with friends new and old.
On Saturday, December 2nd, Collegiate hosted and competed in the annual Sixth Grade Showcase academic competition. Our Sixth Grade Quick Recall team competed against five other local schools, eventually coming in fourth overall. Several of our students also took written assessments. Milena Vakil ’24, placed 5th in Composition. Caroline Soergel ’24, placed 6th in both Language Arts and Arts & Humanities, and Carter Latham ’24, came in 3rd in Mathematics, which places him in the top 15 in the state. The team did an amazing job, and our middle school faculty and parents were excellent hosts for the event.
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Collegiate sent 31 students to the Middle School Kentucky Youth Assembly, where they presented four bill proposals, nominated a leadership chair from our team, and presented a candidate for governor. Out of the team’s four bills, three of them were ranked high enough to be debated at the Capitol in Frankfort. Our 8th-grade girls presented a bill on women’s health that was passed by the House, and our 8th-grade boys presented a bill on mountaintop removal which was passed by the House, Senate, and eventually signed by the governor. Overall, our Middle School team won Delegation of Excellence; Lucy McLaughlin ’22, and Elise Goldstein ’22, won speaker awards; and Lucy Johnson ’22, won outstanding delegate. We are incredibly proud of the way the whole team represented Louisville Collegiate School at the conference.
Also on Saturday, our middle school robotics teams were in action in a First Lego League Regional Tournament. The sixth-grade team, “C.O.W.S. – Collegiate’s Own Winning Squad,” won the 2nd place Champions Award and a bid to state. The team was composed of Aida Edwards ’24, Lawson Cantley ’24, Quinn Arradondo ’24, David Kaplan ’24, Cooper Kolehmainen ’24, Misra Ahmed ’24, Ehren Kincaid ’24, Henry Arnold ’24, Andrew Ackerman ’24 and Josh Gitter ’24. The seventh/eighth-grade team, “Wookie Cookies,” won the 3rd place Champions Award and a bid to state. That team was composed of Nate Beasley ’22, Elliot Gross ’22, Sam Arnold ’22, Caroline Brent ’22, Jack Salamon ’22, Kaleb Hardison ’23, Colton Safai ’23, Caleb Williams ’23, Joshua Williams ’23 and Bryce Patterson ’23. Both teams were outstanding in their three presentations over their research projects, core values, and robot design/programming and did well enough to advance and have a chance to improve. They also got an added boost from the upper school robotics team who attended and cheered on both teams during the robot game. It was an amazing atmosphere, with high schoolers giving full-throated chants and cheers for a middle school academic team. Great job by all involved.
Finally, this past Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, a team of Collegiate’s upper school students participated in the High School Kentucky Youth Assembly at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville. The event was attended by over 1,700 students from all over the state. Collegiate won Outstanding Delegation and had our Commonwealth Bill, an act to appeal medical panels, signed into law. Harper Grove ’19 also named Outstanding Delegate.