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Saturday’s second place finish by the Richmond High School Academic Team in Class 3 District 15 competition was actually a first for Richmond High School. It was the first time an RHS academic team won a district award.
The team went into the final round undefeated, beating Lawson, Lexington and Brookfield in the first three rounds, before succumbing to Lexington for the championship. The all-day event was hosted by Lexington High School.
Senior Erica McFarland won a third place individual award for correct answers given. McFarland gave 28 correct answers in the competiton. Henry Smith placed fifth with 20 correct answers.
“I am really pleased with our team,” said fourth-year RHS Academic Coach Bob Lauck. “Each team member worked diligently all year long to achieve this honor. I am especially proud of Erica [MacFarland] for her 3rd place individual award and Henry [Smith] for his 5th place finish.”
Lauck said the team has met every Wednesday morning since Labor Day at school, and students also studied separately on material provided by him. The team learned to work math problems more efficiently, and studies various topics in geography, literature, science and math. The team also logged in time in the evenings and weekends to prepare to the competitions, he said.
“Many thanks to the faculty members that shared their expertise at some of the morning meetings. Thanks to the many community and staff members that helped with the Richmond quad in January,” Lauck said.
PHOTO: The Richmond High School Academic Team won second place in the Class 3 District Academic Competition Saturday in Lexington. Shown are, from left, Craig Strickler, Henry Smith, Alex Luntsford, Erica McFarland, Brady Roberds, Coach Bob Lauck and Janine Decker. (Photo courtesy of Erica McFarland)