February 27, 2014

Johnson wins Academic League Championship

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Johnson Elementary, who had the overall highest points for the league season, won the Elementary Academic League Championship Monday night at London Elementary.

Johnson, who had a bye into the tournament, bested Keavy and Camp Ground teams to make it into the final round.

They would go head to head with hosting school, London Elementary, who overcame Bush in a nail-biting 22-21 win following a quadruple overtime.  This was the only match of the night to go into overtime.

During the league season, teams from Bush and Johnson tied for their win/loss record.  Despite the loss Monday, Bush Coach Kim Jones said she was very proud of her students.

“We had a really good run this season,” Jones said, “and to end it on that note is an awesome feeling.”

London got off to a slow start during the championship round against Johnson, with a score of 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. 

Johnson buzzed in with correct answers for questions such as: Who was the poet who wrote “Because I could not stop for Death?” (Emily Dickinson); and, In a series set in “Village,” what was the third novel in The Giver quartet penned by Lois Lowry? (The Messenger).

London made a comeback in the next quarter, ending the half with 7 points to Johnson’s 11.

London answered the following questions correctly: What is 32 degrees Fahrenheit converted into degrees Celsius? (0); Name the Swedish inventor of dynamite. (Alfred Bernhard Nobel); and, Who was the dancer who starred in “An American in Paris” and directed and starred in “Singin’ in the Rain?” (Gene Kelly).

Johnson rallied in the third quarter, 22-10, answering questions such as: Which amendment to the constitution, ratified in 1971, lowered the voting age from 21 to 18? (26th); What is the name of a rock used in stone age tools? (Flint); and, What was the name of a period in American history which included the Dust Bowl, which forced tens of thousands of families to abandon their farms? (The Great Depression).

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