Kentucky teams have won four out of the last five Junior National Academic Championships. This time it was longtime participant Anchorage Middle School. They advanced to the title game after defeating Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy B (OH) 355-250, LaGrange (GA) 370-325, and Woodland (AR) 375-260. In the meantime, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy A edged Southview 330-320; defeated Beaumont (KY) 490-175 in the highest winning score in this year’s playoffs; and won another close one against Drexler A (IA) 350-335.

Phillip Kash (Coach), Joe Nidhiry, Hayden Delaney, Aditya Shah, Noah Crase, Nolan Williams, Roberts Sartor


The score going into the fourth quarter of the title game: Anchorage 205, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 200. Anchorage increased their lead to 85 after sweeping the first two couplets of the quarter:

  1. CURRENT EVENTS What was prohibited at Donald Trump’s address to the NRA?
    Ans. Guns
  2. CURRENT EVENTS The 27th school shooting so far this year in the U.S., took place in what Texas city?
    Ans. Uvalde
  3. RELIGION The foundation of what Eastern religion rests on the Four Noble Truths?
    Ans. Buddhism
  4. BIBLE Peter, James, and John were the only witnesses to two events in the life of Jesus. Name either one.
    Ans. Transfiguration, Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane

The final score: Anchorage 325, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 260. Among our four levels – High School Varsity, High School JV, Middle Grades, Elementary – Anchorage was the only team that finished undefeated.

CVCA is the first Christian Academy ever to advance to the Finals.

(l to r) Sarah Choi (captain), Jude Armstrong, Owen Lee, Madeline Currall

Hall Of Fame

  • Jon Leidenheimer (Longfellow, VA, 2009-2011)
  • Myles Siglin (Flushing, MI, 2012-2014)
  • Brandon Fairchild (Johnson County, KY, 2013-2015)
  • Anna Zheng (Paideia, GA, 2014-2017)
  • Jonas Miller (Edmonson County, KY, 2018-2019)
  • Brody Johnson (Edmonson County, KY, 2018-2019)