ACADEMIC TEAM: Left to Right: Jonah Adkins, Cady Cooley, Andrew Bentley, Rylee Theiss, Indigo Schnopp-Wyatt, Aneesh Sharma, Andrew Deskins, Hibba Mansoor, Kylie Brandt, Olivia Williamson, Eli Tan, Isabella Mulkey, Noah Howie, Assistant Coach Jeff Akers, Allara Parsons, Aastha Patel, Alayna Varney, Coach Kim Fields, Clinton Goff, Assistant Coach Markayla Stevens, Tate Fields and Assistant Coach Betty McGuire. Team Members Not Pictured are Cameron Jones, Aidan Cassady and Clayton Thornbury.
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PES team captures fifth straight title

Pikeville Elementary School (PES) continued its academic excellence on the state level earlier this month.


The PES Academic Team captured its fifth straight championship and is the only school in the region to achieve the feat.


All PES students advanced from district to region and onto the state level.


The team competed in the state competition at John’s Creek Elementary School on March 4, where two fifth-grade students, Clinton Goff and Aneesh Sharma earned the highest scores possible on the state level with a perfect 30/30.


Clinton’s scores came in Social Studies and Aneesh in Science during the finals.


Clinton also received a first-place ribbon for his participation on the PES quick recall team. This is the second year in a row he has won first place in both awards.


Aneesh won first place in Mathematics and received the second highest score in the state. Last year, Aneesh was the youngest participant to place first in the region.


The team is made up of dedicated, hardworking fourth and fifth graders. The group is led by head coach Kim Fields.


She is assisted by Jeff Akers, Betty McGuire, Jane Pruitt and Markayla Stevens.


“I am very proud of them. They have worked extremely hard and are very dedicated individuals,” Fields said.


Other first place winners included Cady Cooley, Language Arts; and Aastha Patel, Arts and Humanities.


“The coach obviously works hard with the students, as do the students work equally hard. This is the fifth year in a row that our school has won first place for five straight years – that says something,” PES Principal Robert Jones said. “The students work hard, study hard, and without the help of volunteers this would not be possible.”


The following PES students placed in the state competition:


Noah Howie, Mathematics; Hibba Mansoor, Science; Andrew Deskins, Social Studies; Eli Tan, Language Arts; Alayna Varney, Arts and Humanities; Kylie Brandt, Composition and Cameron Jones, Composition.