(Back: NCC Manager Todd Andrews and TCA President Chris Prosser,
front: NCC Primary Winners Sam Strang, Alexander Qin and Elsa Wilson)
30 of our most talented students from the middle-Tennessee area made their way to the Tennessee Tech campus on Saturday, February 16, 2008 for the Individual Scholastic State Championship. Our region had great success in the following four sections:
Primary (Grades K-3): With a very impressive 4 points out of a possible 5, three of our regions top youngsters tied for second place. They are Sam Strang of Julia Green Elementary, Alexander Qin of Grassland Elementary and Elsa Wilson of University School. They are all pictured above.
Elementary (Grades K-6): We took home the top three spots in this section! Congratulations to our new state champ - Gene Li from J.T. Moore Middle School with a perfect 5-0 score! Tying for second were Jacob Myhre of Rutherford Tutorial School and Marco Mirnics from Harding Academy. Chris Welch and Neil Zheng rounded out our group that took five of the top ten spaces with plus scores.
Jr. High (Grades K-9): Only two perfect scores were posted in Cookeville and the second player to clean-sweep the field was James Wu, also from J.T.Moore. Watch out for this squad at the team event! Manu Nair, a freshman at Hume-Fogg, took clear second with 4 points - only losing to James. Defending elementary champ Sal Neglia and Meigs Students David Fan also posted plus scores to finish in the top 10.
High School (Grades K-12): There was a massive 5-way tied at the top in this section with 4 points from 5. Hillwood Senior Josh Salter then entered a playoff with the other four to determine the State Champ. The eventual winner knocked Josh out and he finished fourth on tie-breaks, but it was a good results none-the-less. Michael Agostino, one of the few remaining members of the Page High Dynasty, and Max Breyer of Hume-Fogg also finished with plus scores for us.
Congratulations to all our representatives!