The Academic Excellence Challenge Team at Colby Community College is off to a great start in the pursuit of their fourth state championship title. The team, coached by Nikol Nolan and Krista Carter, competed Dec. 6 at the “Snow Bowl” held in Hutchinson.
Team members Drew Ziegler (Leduc, Alberta, Canada), Jessica Chelewski (Sutton, Neb.), Zach Semenza (Great Falls, Mont.), Sarah Borneman (Edson), and Katy Hall (Rolla) won the competition defeating Allen County Community College in the finals.
CCC sophomore Katy Hall was recognized as the “Individual High Point Person.” She finished with a total of 300 points after competing in seven of the eight rounds, resulting in an average of 43 points per round.
“The CCC team has finished first in the state for the past three years,” said Coach Nolan. “Our goal is to become the first team in the state to win the championship four years in a row.”
Twelve teams competed from nine different colleges at the Hutchinson event. The CCC team went 7-1 for the day, losing only the first round to Allen County.
“The continuing success of our Academic Challenge Team is exceptional,” said CCC President Lynn Kreider. “In addition to being extraordinary students, four of the five team members are athletes. All of the participants are very active in campus organizations and community projects.”
The next competition for the team is the Regional Meet on March 28.