Academic team to compete Wednesday

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Caleb McFatridge, Landon Holthaus and Jackson Butler compete in the first academic meet of the season on Nov. 28.

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Ethan Coskrey and Bubba Schultz compete in the first academic meet.

When the three academic teams competed in their first academic meets of the season, they walked away victorious. On Wednesday, they will attempt to recapture that winning spirit.

The seventh and eighth-grade Duncan Middle School academic teams are set to compete in a tournament Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Duncan.

This tournament comes less than a week after the sixth-grade team won the district championship and two weeks after the seventh and eighth-grade teams walked away with their first victory.

During the first meet for the upper grades, the eighth-grade team walked away with 240 points more than their opponents. The first meet took place at Duncan Middle School.

Ethan Coskrey, eighth-grade team member, said the team did well and has improved over last year.

“Determination is key,” Coskrey said.

Although the sixth-grade team won’t be competing Wednesday, their Friday victory is still fresh for many of the team members.

Sixth-grader Jakalynn Edwards said she is excited to be part of the team and felt the team worked hard to get first place.

“You work hard and you will be district champions,” Edwards said.

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Joni Blackburn, sixth-grade academic team sponsor, shows off the plaque the team won Friday.

For Ava Miller, the win was a highlight of her first year of middle school. Miller said she has never been an academic team before and was excited the team won.

In all, the sixth-graders went through four rounds and won three, losing only to Cache.

But regardless of the grade level, all of the members said they join the team because they wanted to spend time with friends. Coskrey said he also likes to visit other places to compete.

“It’s fun and I get out of school,” he said.