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2021 Junior National Academic Championship HIGHLIGHTS

New Orleans Phase 2021


The no-doubt-about-it winners in 2018 got even better in 2019. So good that, pending DC, Chicago, and Orlando, we’re close to declaring the 2019 edition of Coach Greg Grey’s Edmonson County Middle School (KY) the all-time greatest team in the 12-year history of the Junior National Academic Championship. They entered Playoff Monday seeded No. 1, with a gaudy 455 points-per-game average. In the playoffs, they never scored below 500, defeating eStem (AR) 520-105, Mount de Sales 595-125, and Ramsey (AR) 515-215. 9-0 with a 484 points-per-game average. What a team!

The last match, with Ramsey, was basically over after the Bonus Round, when the Kentucky team swept the FAMOUS FIRSTS, CHERRIES, and RULES AND PRINCIPLES bonuses.

Here’s the Top Team


(L To R): Jonas Miller, Brody Johnson, Evy Bolton, Brycen Daniels

The Ramsey Middle School Squad


Left to right: Samuel Pritchard, Jordan Kennedy, Vincente Otero, Leen Samman, Ella Friery

New Orleans MVP


Jonas Miller (L) and Brody Johnson (r) are the best one-two
punch in Junior National Academic Championship history.
Jonas was tournament MVP last year. Brody is this year’s MVP.
Both were elected to the Hall of Fame on May 27, 2019.

DC Phase 2021


Warren, a past winner of the DC phase of the Junior National Academic Championship, was at it again, this time with a B team that entered the playoffs seeded first and an A team seeded third. Winburn (KY) was in 2018 co-winner of the DC phase of the Elementary National Academic Championship. Some of those players came back on Winburn’s Middle School team.

Winburn went 4-2 in the prelims but was unbeatable on Playoff Sunday. Key to the last contest, with Warren A, was the 145 unanswered points they gained in the Bonus Round, grabbing all five bonus opportunities, sweeping the NOBEL WINNER bonus and the MASTERPIECES bonus – identifying The Last Supper, Whistler’s Mother, and The Scream. The final score was Winburn 365, Warren 270.

Here’s the Top Team


Left to right: Winburn Middle School’s Huck Carlson, Larry, Alex Stumbur, Jonah Hubert

The Warren Middle School Squad


Left to right: Ishanth Srinivas, (standing) Neelesh Thanasegaran, Shaan Lehal, James Young, Janice Zhang



Winburn’s Alex Stumbur

Chicago Phase 2021


Danville Bate (KY) has participated in all twelve Junior National Academic Championship, made the playoffs every time, and won the first title in 2008. Chaffin (AR) won the National Championship in 2017. These two 6-0 teams held the top two seeds going into this year’s Playoff Monday.

Danville Bate led at the end of the first period 70-60 and second period 135-120. The turning point was during 60 Seconds, when Bate chose ARCHEOLOGY and split 40-40 with Chaffin. The Arkansas team then answered half of the Stump the Experts questions, with answers of Ernest Hemingway, San Diego, Gilded Age, “terrestrial” planets, Britain, “Hakuna Matata,” desalination, narwhal, “Best Latin Pop Album,” and Prometheus. The final score: Chaffin 410, Danville Bate 265.

Chaffin Junior High School


(l to r) Coach Travis Minor, Zain Rana, Vivian Apple, Jackson Wollscheid, Jacob Reeder, Lindsey Garretson

The Danville Bate Middle School Squad


(l to r) Carsen Wastell, Assistant Coach Shelby Cameron, Hank Helmers, Ramona Pierce, Captain, Kira Pusateri, Head Coach Tony Carney, Evan Sanders

Chicago Co-MVPs


Chaffin’s Vivian Apple and Jackson Wollscheid

Orlando Phase 2021


Ft. Smith Trinity A (AR) defeated Mid-Carolina 365-300 to advance to the final Orlando middle school contest. They then contested No. 1-ranked Johnson County (KY). After sweeping bonuses on Mexico and Chemical Symbols/Postal Abbreviations, Trinity led 170-75. Johnson County mounted a comeback in the 60 Seconds Round, adding 90 points on SOCIAL STUDIES, but Trinity won the game 350-305.

Trinity Junior High School




Trinity’s Julian was named Orlando MVP


Chaffin finished with an identical 9-0 record, but Edmonson County’s 484 average bested Chaffin’s 398, so they were crowned National Champs for the second year in a row. Only after the tournament was over did we learn that Greg Grey, one of the finest gentlemen ever to coach a team at any level, has retired. Greg brought teams to Junior Nationals ten out our twelve years of running a national tournament at the middle grade level. We wish him all the best.


Mr. Greg Grey

Hall of Fame

To achieve Hall of Fame status, a student must excel at Nationals at least two years, and lead his team to the top in one of those years. Jonas Miller and Brody Johnson led Edmonson County to back-to-back national championships, earning their place in the assembly of immortals which boasts only six students in 12 years.

  • 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)


  • 2008 - Bate Middle School (Danville, KY)
  • 2009 - Longfellow Middle School (Falls Church,VA)
  • 2010 - Longfellow Middle School (Falls Church,VA)
  • 2011 - Longfellow Middle School (Falls Church,VA)
  • 2012 - Trickum Middle School (Stone Mountain, GA)
  • 2013 - Flushing Middle School (Flushing, MI)
  • 2014 - Woodland Junior High School (Fayetteville, AR)
  • 2015 - Sutton Middle School (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2016 - Wooster Middle School (Wooster, OH)
  • 2017 - Chaffin Junior High School (Fort Smith, AR)
  • 2018 - Edmonson County (Brownsville, KY)
  • 2019 - Edmonson County (Brownsville, KY)

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