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April 13, 2015

Cowley AEC team wins the KAEC state championship


AEC teamWinning eight of nine rounds Thursday and Friday in Salina, the Cowley College Academic Excellence Challenge team captured its first state championship since 2001.

Cowley is bringing home a large silver trophy and a first place plaque for their efforts.

“What an incredible year for this team,” AEC sponsor Dianne Flickinger said. “These students are outstanding and have represented Cowley at the highest levels throughout their season.”

In the finals, Cowley played Garden City, an undefeated team, whom Cowley had lost once to in the preliminary rounds.


AECGarden City had the advantage going into the finals where they only had to win one game; whereas, Cowley had to win two. However, Cowley won both games defeating Garden City 420-170 and 260-190 and won the Kansas Academic Excellence Challenge championship.

“Congratulations to Dianne (Flickinger) and her Cowley team on their first state championship since 2001,” National Academic Quiz Tournament CFO Chad Kubicek said. “Garden City entered the final as the higher seed, but Cowley dominated the first game, winning by a 420-170 margin and forcing (for the fifth straight year) a one-game winner-take-all showdown. Both teams understandably displayed some nerves in a closely-contested contest; Cowley led by only 30 points after 16 tossups, but then grabbed the next four tossups to secure the title.”

Cowley’s wins in the preliminary rounds came against Dodge City (360-90), Coffeyville (380-100), Neosho County (430-90), Allen (480-60), Cloud (230-220), and Johnson County (250-230).

Cowley “A” team members Anthony Maldonado, Alex Geurin Desiree Abernathy, and Amy Austin were awarded $800 for winning the state championship.